- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 12, 2016

BURGAW, N.C. (AP) - Mandatory evacuations have been issued for 631 homes, businesses and schools along the Black River basin, east of Moore’s Creek National Battlefield in Pender County.

The Pender County Office of Emergency Management issued the order Tuesday afternoon.

Emergency Management Director Tom Collins said in a news release that the river was rising between 3 and 5 inches each hour and there are homes already under water. Collins says the river could reach levels the area hasn’t seen since 1945.

The American Red Cross and Pender Health and Human Services are coordinating shelters.

So far no rescues have been made by Pender County responders in the aftermath of the storm.

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