FAYETTEVILLE (WTVD) —
At least four people are missing in Fayetteville, the news comes as officials in the city say they have 500 emergency service calls pending due to the massive flooding inundating the Sandhills.
Fayetteville officials say they’ve made 141 swift water rescues in which 502 people have been rescued in. 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.
Fayetteville Mayor Nat Robertson has declared a mandatory curfew from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. because of the number of people emergency workers have had to rescue from flooded vehicles as Hurricane Matthew dumps heavy rain on the city.
The city is also asking churches not to hold Sunday morning services.
Sampson County has a curfew from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.
There’s a city-wide water outage in Fayetteville as of Saturday night, and a boil water advisory is in effect. Spring Lake is asking residents to conserve water.
Authorities fear the situation will get worse for Fayetteville. City officials say Lake Upchurch Dam is approaching failure as of late Saturday night, and the Greenock Avenue Dam in the Arran 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.
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.
National Weather Service has declared a Flash Flood Emergency in Cumberland County through 5:30 p.m. Saturday as water rescues continue.
The City of Fayetteville called the situation “critical and life threatening.” Residents are advised to stay off the roads and shelter in place.
Because of the storm and the number of calls for service, residents are asked to only call 911 for emergencies. Emergency responders are currently only responding to emergencies.
The Harnett County Sheriff’s Office is asking for people to stay home. He said there are about 25 roads closed in the county. 4 people have been rescued.
One man died after being trapped in his vehicle.
Public Works Commission reports they have about 10,000 customers without electric service. The majority of the customers out are in the Shenandoah Dr., Bear Creek, Pepperbush Lane, South Bingham Drive locations.
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Officials are telling people to never drive through water if it’s over the road.
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