Flood warning issued for areas along Black River, Northeast Cape Fear River

Flood warning issued for areas along Black River, Northeast Cape Fear River

PENDER COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) - Areas along the Black River and Northeast Cape Fear River may experience minor flooding this week, according to Pender County officials.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning beginning at 7 p.m. Monday, February 10.

Minor flooding is making roads difficult to navigate in the River Bend and River Birch subdivisions as well as Croomsbridge Road and Old Maple Hill Road.

“This is a common occurrence for the Northeast Cape Fear River in our county we see this once or twice a year," says Tommy Batson, Assistant Emergency Manager for Pender County. “Some years we see more, some we see less, but we do not see anything like past storms like Florence and Matthew.”

Officials say gauges indicated Monday that the Northeast Cape Fear River near Burgaw was at 10.1 feet and rising. The river is expected to crest at 11.4 feet by Wednesday, Feb. 12.

When levels get to 11.5 feet, floodwaters begin to affect roads in the Alligator Lake subdivision.

County officials say that while the Black River is rising, it is not expected to impact homes at this time, however those living in low-lying areas are urged to stay alert.

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