Third emergency shelter at Western Harnett High School will open at noon

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Harnett County has declared a mandatory evacuation along the Lower Little River near the Cumberland County line. The Lower Little River is expected to reach flood stage sometime after 2 a.m. Sunday and will continue to rise until it crests. 

The river is expected to crest at 35 feet, 17 feet above its flood stage and more than 6 feet over its recrod level of 29 feet from Hurricane Matthew.

Affected areas may include these roads and portions of these roads that are near the Lower Little River: Wire Road, Beaver Dam Road, Brum Lane, Isaiah Lane, Valerie Lane, Elliott Bridge Road, Silk Floss Lane, Will Lucas Road, General Lee Avenue, Lanexa Road, Rock Harbor Lane, Tradewinds Drive, Riverwind Drive, Surfwind Drive, Shady Grove Road, Horseshoe Bend Road, Ed Parker Lane, Ellis Lane, Locklear Drive, Shallow Water Lane, Anderson Road, Burnette Lane, Fraser Circle, N.C. 217, Slash Circle, Colton Drive, Woodwind Drive, Michaelyn Lane, Eric McCormick Lane, Jack Lane, Coates Road, Josey Williams Road, Allen Brown Lane, Zeus Lane, Jordan Taylor Road, Dow Circle, H.B. Drive, Oakview Lane, Stewart Farm Lane, Carolina Oaks Circle, Nordica Court, William Bethune Court, Kenlan Road, Emma Court, Poinsettia Lane, Chase Parker Drive, Hybrid Lane, Farrow Court, Harvest Court, Folly Court, Rainmaker Street, Stewart Farm Lane, Ladybug Lane, Lumina Court, Shepard Drive, Linda Baucom Lane, New Life Lane, Cimarron Drive, Saddletree Drive, Appaloosa Drive, Arabian Drive, Morgan Court, Quarter Court, Erica Lane, Palamino Lane, Coyote Lane, Rambeaut Road, Raven Lane, Kangaroo Lane, Ranger Lane, Mustang Lane, Thoroughbred Lane, Sandclay Drive, Meadow Street, Lakeview Drive, Coyote Lane, Andrew Cox Lane, Breezy Lane, Down Stream Drive, Leeks Lane, Mechanical Drive, Stirrup Drive, Stonewall Court, Shelby Street, Bedford Road, Bluegill Lane, Helen Matthews Drive, Lous Chapel Road, Mosby Lane, Jaylin Oaks Drive, Creeksville Church Road, Bland Street, Kirby Smith Circle.

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Emergency responders are currently going door-to-door in the affected areas to advise residents of the mandatory evacuation. If residents are not at home, they are leaving evacuation notices at the door.

County officials believe the impact of this record flooding could be devastating and want to alert residents that if they do not evacuate, emergency responders may not have the resources available to provide assistance.

In an effort to accommodate evacuees who do not have another place to go, Harnett County will open Western Harnett High School as an emergency shelter at noon today. Evacuees may also go to shelters at Overhills High School at 2495 Ray Road, Spring Lake, or Coats-Erwin Middle School at 2833 N.C. 55, Dunn.

Updates will be posted to the “Harnett County Government” Facebook page and the Harnett County Twitter page, and will be released to all local print and television news media.