Friday 19 Jul 2019

Critical 5:00 P.M. Update from Wayne County and Governor McCrory

5 pm Update for Wayne County


County of Wayne is still under the State of Emergency and will be implementing a curfew on Sunday at 9 pm to Monday at 6 am. The emergency area covered by this state of emergency shall be all areas within the jurisdiction of Wayne County. There will be no sale of alcohol. Curfew exceptions:

  • All employees who are in their official capacity during the curfew hours;
  • All other law enforcement or other government or service providers responding in their official capacities;
  • Those who appearance is essential to obtain or furnish a service or commodity which is immediately necessary to sustain the health or well-being of themselves or someone within the curfew area; and
  • Those whose appearance necessarily occurs in the process of leaving a place at which they were temporarily engaged and for which they could not reasonably have planned their department so as to avoid appearing during the period which the curfew as applicable.

The Shelters at Spring Creek High School, North Drive, and Carver Elementary have been shut down because of loss of power and /or water. We will be standing up shelters at 5 pm today at the Old Train Depot in Mount Olive located on 110 W Main Street, Mt. Olive and Carver Heights Elementary School on 411 Bunche Drive, Goldsboro. Residents seeking shelter are reminded to bring their medications and if possible, blankets and pillows. Please bring anything for your children (diapers, milk, etc.). No pets will be allowed unless they are service animals (comfort animals are not service animals and not allowed).

Dial 211 to reach Governor McCrory’s toll-free hotline for questions on Hurricane Matthew.

Call 911 if evacuation is needed and you are trapped in your home or are trapped in floodwaters.

9 Fatalities have occurred in North Carolina, including 1 person in Wayne County at a shelter. That person had a pre-existing medical issue and did not die from a storm-related issue.

Other deaths: Harnett County -1; Bladen County – 2; Sampson County -1; Pitt County – 1; Johnston County – 2; Rowan County – 1

There are 5 individuals reported missing in Cumberland County, but that has not been confirmed.

Water rescues are over 900 with 562 in Cumberland County alone, as of 9:00 a.m. Sunday. More are expected as the rivers continue to rise.


Governor McCrory requests an expanded federal disaster declaration and urged people to use extreme caution as Hurricane Matthew is causing historic and prolonged flooding throughout eastern and central North Carolina. The extended declaration, if approved, will provide grants to assist people without proper insurance and help state and local government officials repair bridges and roads and clean up storm debris. The governor thanked federal partners for their assistance and communications throughout Hurricane Matthew.

“As blue skies return to North Carolina, our state is facing major destruction and sadly, loss of life,” Governor McCrory said. “This is still an extremely dangerous situation for North Carolina as major rivers are expected to flood in the coming days. As we know from the past, most loss of life often comes after the storm. Our National Guard troops, swift water rescue teams and helo-aquatic rescue teams are on the scene performing rescues as we speak.”

The storm dumped heavy rains across the state on Saturday, with totals exceeding 6 to 8 inches across most of central and eastern North Carolina. By Saturday evening, rainfall totals topped 16 inches in Bladen County, 15 inches in Goldsboro, 12 inches in Lumberton and Smithfield, and 9 inches in Raleigh and Rocky Mount.

Torrential rains flooded roads across the state, closing and washing out roads in many locations including portions of major highways I-95, I-40 and US-70. State officials are also expecting major impacts on Highway 12 in the Outer Banks. Travelers can obtain road conditions by calling 5-1-1, visiting or using the ReadyNC mobile app.

The rains also filled many lakes and ponds to the brim. State and local officials responded to about 11 reports Saturday of dams overtopping. The National Weather Service is forecasting major river flooding across eastern North Carolina through early to mid-week, with potential record levels along the Neuse River.

Major flooding is expected along the:

Neuse River in Clayton, Smithfield, Goldsboro and Kinston;

Cape Fear River at Fayetteville;

Little River in Cumberland County;

Lumber River near Lumberton;

Tar River in Rocky Mount, Tarboro and Greenville

Cashie River near Windsor

Rockfish Creek at Raeford

Town Creek at Pine Tops

Stony Creek at Rocky Mount

Crabtree Creek in Raleigh

Chowan River in Edenton

Flooding danger is particularly serious in the Fayetteville region, which experienced another 12 inches of rain yesterday in addition to 6 to 10 inches of rain last week. Flooding is also a concern along the Neuse River below Raleigh. Swift water rescue teams have made more than 900 rescues using 58 boat crews and 334 rescue personnel. Of these rescues, 562 were in Cumberland County alone, where the state is working with numerous Swift Water Rescue teams from other states that have been brought in to help.

Governor McCrory announced that 300 North Carolina National Guard troops and 105 high water vehicles have been deployed to assist with rescues. More National Guard resources are expected to deploy today.

The State Highway Patrol has sent additional troopers to impacted areas to address road safety issues. The N.C. Department of Transportation is also surging resources into impacted areas to open roads that have been closed. The Wildlife Resources Commission has been working with the Department of Public Safety and State Highway Patrol to assist with rescues of people and animals. The U.S. Coast Guard is also assisting with ongoing rescues throughout the state.

The governor said that the State Highway Patrol is working to address 9-1-1 system outages in Currituck, Bladen, Moore, Columbus and Robeson counties. The state is also monitoring water system issues in Fayetteville, Sanford, Chocowinity, Beaufort, Gates and Johnston counties. Wayne County has several major water

  • 2 in the Grantham area at Selah Church Road and Westbrook Church Rd
  • I on NC 111 South near Cliffs of the Neuse
  • I on Woodpeck Road at US 70 and Ditchbank Road
  • I on Nor Am Road at Bayer Science Labs. line breaks:

The rainfall and high winds led to many power outages across the state. As of 9:00 a.m. this morning, power outages totaled more than 800,000 statewide, which includes more than 440,000 in eastern North Carolina and 319,000 in the central part of the state. Utilities have deployed thousands of workers to respond to power outages in North and South Carolina.

More than 80 emergency shelters have opened in central and eastern North Carolina and are currently housing more than 4,400 people. For those needing information, including nearby shelter, housing, and other storm-related details, call 2-1-1.

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