UPDATE: Bladen County Schools to close, Columbus, Pender and Brunswick County Schools to operate on a two-hour delay Friday, Nov. 13

UPDATE: Bladen County Schools to close, Columbus, Pender and Brunswick County Schools to operate on a two-hour delay Friday, Nov. 13
Schools announce weather-related delays and closures for Friday, November 13, because of the impact of Tropical Storm Eta. (Source: KAIT-TV)

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. (WECT) - Shortly before 11 p.m. Friday night, Bladen County Schools announced in an email that schools will be closed Friday, November 13.

Due to dangerous road conditions as a result of heavy rainfall and flooding, all Bladen County Schools will be closed on Friday, November 13. Students will transition to remote-only learning with their teachers. Students will need to log in to their Google Classroom account and complete their class assignments.

Additionally, buses will not operate the meal delivery by bus program tomorrow. Meals will not be delivered or available for pickup.

All other employees will operate on a two-hour delay. If they are not able to safely travel to their school campus or building, they should contact their immediate supervisor.

Schools in Columbus County, Pender County and Brunswick County will operate on a two-hour delay on Friday because of the potential for flooded roads from the heavy rains associated with the moisture from Tropical Storm Eta.

Brunswick County Schools confirmed a two-hour delay at 8:45 p.m. Thursday evening.

Pender County Schools issued this press release at 8:15 p.m.

Following discussions with multiple local agencies, Pender County Schools will have a two-hour delayed start for school on Friday. Because of heavy rains and potential road flooding in the area, this delay will allow for travel conditions to improve in the morning for students and staff. We ask families to please stay tuned to their school’s communication channels for the latest information regarding further potential changes.

Columbus County Schools tweeted this information around 7:00 p.m.

Columbus County Schools Staff should report at regular time, according to the tweet.

Columbus County Charter School also informed WECT it will operate on a two-hour delay on Friday.

The storm system is blamed for several deaths across North Carolina. Three people were killed, two are still missing after a campground in Alexander County flooded from heavy downpours. At one point Thursday afternoon, the North Carolina Department of Transportation reported more than 230 roads closed or washed out because of flooding.

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