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562 people rescued from Fayetteville flood water, at least 4 missing


At least four people are still missing in Fayetteville, as flooding concerns remain due to Matthew – which turned into a post-tropical cyclone early Sunday morning.

A flash flood warning is in effect in Cumberland County.

Cumberland County officials said at a news conference Sunday morning that there are about 20,000 residents in the area without electric service. Cumberland County Schools, city and county offices will be all closed Monday.

A boil water advisory also remains in effect in Fayetteville after a city-wide water outage Saturday night. Spring Lake is asking residents to conserve water. Sanford and Lee County are also under a boil water advisory.

The City of Fayetteville has called the situation “critical and life-threatening.” Residents are advised to stay off the roads and shelter in place.

“We’ve got a lot of problems out there … stay off the roads,” Cumberland County Sheriff Earl ‘Moose’ Butler said Sunday morning.

Fayetteville officials said they made over 200 swift water rescues in which 562 people were rescued since Saturday. The hundreds of pending emergency calls are being prioritized by life-threatening needs. Out-of-state rescue teams from New York, New Jersey and Ohio are assisting in the city.

Watch: Fayetteville first responders rescue toddler from car trapped in water

Fayetteville police recorded a water rescue of a mother and a toddler on Facebook.

Officials are telling people to never drive through water if it’s over the road.


Fayetteville Mayor Nat Robertson declared a mandatory curfew from 7 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday because of the number of people emergency workers had to rescue from flooded vehicles as Matthew dumped heavy rain on the city.

The city also asked churches not to hold Sunday morning services.


Authorities fear the situation will get worse for Fayetteville. City officials said the Greenock Avenue Dam in the Aaran Lakes area was overtopping and officials are warning that the probability of it failing is high. People in the area are encouraged to evacuate to a shelter set up at South View High School.


Gov. Pat McCrory said Sunday morning during a news conference that a dam has been breached in Lumberton.

Evacuations were also underway in nearby Hoke County for two dams near failure and officials are monitoring dams in Moore and Bladen counties as well.

The Harnett County Sheriff’s Office are asking for people to stay home. He said there are about 25 roads closed in the county. Four people have been rescued.

One man died after being trapped in his vehicle.

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