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700 people rescued from flood waters in Cumberland County


Around 700 people were rescued and at least four people are still missing in Fayetteville after floods from Hurricane Matthew inundated parts of the city Saturday night.

A flash flood warning is in effect in Cumberland, Moore and Hoke counties until 2:45 p.m.

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

Here’s what you need to know as of Sunday morning:

  • A boil water advisory has been issued for the Fayetteville, Sanford and Lee County. Spring Lake is asking residents to conserve water.

  • Parts I-95 remain closed due to flooding

  • Over 20,000 people are without power across Cumberland County

  • At least 5 shelters are open in Cumberland County

  • Flooding continues to be a major issue

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.

“Stay off the roads, respect law enforcement as they do their job. And as we work with the individuals in these shelters, it’s important that we don’t have to wait and stop and work with you as a result of something that you’ve got into,” Cumberland County Sheriff Earl ‘Moose’ Butler said Sunday morning.

Watch Cumberland County officials’ update Sunday morning

Fayetteville officials said they made over 200 swift water rescues in which 574 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. He was identified as 74-year-old Charles Luther Strickland of Dunn.

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