Voluntary Evacuation ordered for all unincorporated areas of Brunswick County
A voluntary evacuation is in place for all unincorporated areas of Brunswick County, specifically low-lying and flood-prone areas.
The evacuation went into effect at 2 p.m. Saturday.
While the rain let up Saturday, more rain is expected Sunday and officials are encouraging people in low-lying and flood-prone areas to evacuate now before the weather gets worse and while it is still light and easier to drive.
Friday night, parts of Carolina Shores and Calabash were also evacuated.
Emergency crews went door-to-door in both Carolina Shores and Calabash to check on residents and help them get to a shelter that was set up at West Brunswick High School.
Some neighborhoods had two to three feet of standing water in the middle of their streets. Many said they had water come into the lower levels of their homes.
"First thing I realized was the bottom level of my house was flooding and I had to move all my furniture up to the higher level of my house," said Bryan Randone."It was absolutely terrible." He said the flooding happened quickly. "I didn't even realize it until it was too late. It is pretty terrible, pretty devastating, to know your home is flooded with a lot of water like that."
Emergency crews worked throughout the night to rescue people stranded in their cars and in their homes.
"A neighbor behind this one had three inches of water covering her entire floors inside," said Brenda Hollyfield, who lives in Carolina Shores. "They put all of their shoes in the bathtub trying to do anything they could, this is unusual we have not seen this you know like this."
"I didn't know what to do," said Randone. "I hadn't seen it since Hurricane Floyd. It was just kinda hard to deal with again."
Portions of neighborhoods including Brunswick Plantation and Spring Mill Plantation were still under water Saturday. Residents affected by the high water spent the day trying to get as much of the water up as possible.
"I am pumping water as fast as I can out of the backyard," Lynette Knowles said, who lives in Carolina Shores. "It's not going down very quickly though as you can see back there the water is just standing it's got nowhere to run off too."
A shelter is open at West Brunswick High School for any families that have been displaced by the inclement weather. West Brunswick is located at 550 Whiteville Road NW in Shallotte. Families are welcome to bring their pets to the shelter.
Residents who are driving to the shelter should take caution, as lack of light can make it harder to see water on the roads. In some cases, buses are being used to transport evacuees to the shelter.
Those residents who need assistance in evacuating can call 911.
According to a news release, residents whose homes are flooded should monitor how close the water level is to outlets and other things that could become an electrical hazard.
Brunswick County Emergency Management, Sheriff's Deputies and volunteer firefighters are making multiple water rescues at the time. According to emergency crews, they say in total they have knocked on 100 doors so far in effort to rescue residents.
We will keep you updated with more information as it is brought to the newsroom.
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