The damage and flooding hasn’t been as bad in Lee County as it has for our neighbors to the west (Harnett County) and to the south (Cumberland). But we’ve receive a lot of rain from Hurricane Florence. Enough to flood and close several streets and roads and put a whole community on notice.
While rainfall totals have differed depending on the source, Sanford has received approximately 7 to 9 inches of rain from Hurricane Florence since Friday. The area lies in the path of a strong band of storms tonight and well into Monday morning.
A flash flood warning remains in effect locally until 10:15 p.m. According to the National Weather Service, “Doppler radar indicated bands of heavy rain continuing across the southern Piedmont. Most river guages in the warned area indicate rivers and creeks have reached their bankfull or are overflowing. Additional rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 iches are possible in the area.”
The Carolina Trace area has reported flooding of some streets, and officials are monitoring Morris Pond off Swann Station Road, upstream from Lake Trace. The Trace Association Facebook page reported “water outages” earlier this morning.
In Harnett County, mandatory evacuations have been given for people livin in the Keith Hills community, which is located a quarter of a mile from the campus of Campbell University. The community lies along the banks of the Cape Fear River, which is expected to reach flood levels exceeding those from Hurricane Matthew a few years ago. Communities near the Little River and Cape Fear further south in Fayetteville are in even greater danger of flooding.
Lee County and Harnett County Schools have announced that all campuses and classes will be closed on Monday. Campbell University also closed its campus for Monday.