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Away and as from if you’ll remember , we had about 105-mile-an-hour winds in Wilmington when Hurricane Florence made landfall over the weekend , and that was a record not seen since 1958. So there were a ton of downed trees that went into people’s homes , but they are getting supplies in like tarps to help people you know start to start to rebuild . And again , Wilmington is as I said , largely cut off so people who have stayed there are trying to really in in today in the next few days . We’re gonna starts rebuilding .
Yeah. And this this as we say that the rivers , Cape Fear has yet to really reach its full crest right and that’s the same for the lumber and other rivers in the state . Their ad major flood stage and rising probably through tomorrow .
Right so the Cape Fear River in Fayetteville is expected to go up to about 61 to 62 feet and that’s expected to happen actually sometime today , we are still monitoring that , but it is out about 59 feet right now that is passed , what it was in hurricane Matthew that there was a mandatory evacuation order. For people who lived within a mile of the Cape Fear River . The other day that affects about 2800 households Fayetteville Mayor Mitch Colvin told NPR this morning that he thought about 90% of people he did that evacuation order but that means there are still about 300 people who did Notts listen to that evacuation order who are still there , and he actually says that its worst case scenario , this is kind of a stunning part of this to me . But he said that officials were willing and able to move City Hall and emergency management operations , which are in downtown Fayetteville if the river actually makes it all the way downtown they’re willing to pick up and move City Hall . If they need to , that is . Worst case scenario , but that was a really stunning nobody tells .
You how bad things are if you having to make that kind of a plan.
Exactly. And as you said , we are where we’re watching in the next few hours for the Cape Fear River to crest .
All right , we’ll Michael’s W UNC Daily News reporter and producer. Thank you so much . Well thanks very well pig flooding is still to come in Fayetteville as well was saying and as the water rushes down the Cape Fear the lumber and the little rivers W UNC education reporter Lisa Philip visited the area . He spoke with residents there , many of whom were actually not supposed to be there . She joins us now to explain Lisa welcome back . Thanks Frank , you talked to some people who are shared . But they had evacuated in and we’re coming back , but they’ve really felt the need to come back . Tell us what you found in who you spoke with .
Yeah , that’s right. I was walking around some neighborhoods yesterday in Fayetteville on I came across a couple of residents and our permanent building there , one of whom had rode out the storm and the other who would actually returned just yesterday after leaving to stay with family about I think 20 or 30 minutes away , and that the person who had returned . She didn’t seem too worried about the river cresting . I don’t know if is because of the lack of rain , the fact that lake well mention presidents , we’re seeing the sun for the first time in days I think it just led to this sense that it can’t be it can’t get worse than with there .
Said it’s gotta be terribly frustrating to know you know you’re not there your house is probably under water , you don’t know anything about your neighbors your pets and as it’s one thing when the rain is coming down , and you’re seeing in the you know the storm surge batter the coast but man when the sun is out and it’s got to be pretty difficult on people who are far away. Well , tell us about Vicky Williams .
Yes , so I bet Vicky Williams on Pearson Street bridge overlooking the Cape Fear River that’s the viewpoint that was posted on social media like yesterday because you could very it the the change in the river level was very much , apparently. Well said , it’s at 50 , I think a fee right now . Yesterday was at about 54 feet , and that’s 20 feet above flood level and it’s not like you said it , even at its highest yet . And from that viewpoint , you can see railroad track that’s nearly submerged at this point and it probably will be in the next few hours . I now officials are watching Matt bridge today and you know , we’ll make decisions about closing it or not , but as of right now , people have been visiting that bridge to take , take a look at the river like Vicky Williams . She lives just around the corner from there . So not not you know a bit this very close to the river , and she decided to stay and and she just had the sense that it’s not going to be as bad as Matthew which she lived through .
So I was telling me they call me come bigger , better leave they said is going to be the water downtown was going to be a DHS but I went through their cause. I’m going to go take someone simply dead and leave and I went all the way through pain and is now it’s you know water no nowhere no blocks in that .
Yeah. Vicky Williams of Fayetteville resident who spoke with our reporter WMC education reporter Lisa Philip yesterday , and he also spoke with another woman who was actually returning to Fayetteville despite increasing waters tell us about Vicky Thompson .
Well , Vicky Thompson actually is from Tara Hill , North Carolina , and she had that evacuated her home last week to stay ad a hotel in Fayetteville , she actually you boss power , then in that hotel had to move to another one. She is there with her granddaughter Madison who’s aid and she had brought her daughter to the river yesterday to the Pearson Street bridge overlooking because she just said that this was a historic moment and this is something Madison hasn’t seen it’s something she needs to remember , and she told me that truly after they were planning to go back to their home in Tahrir and I asked her : are you with there you are you close to the Cape Fear River at all , and she said , yeah , I mean we flooded during Hurricane Matthew and and I asked her if she was worried about it at all , and she didn’t , I mean I think she was just so exhausted from being away from home for days on end at this point . She said she’s you know been surviving on the colonel’s chicken and just is tired and and her granddaughter’s tired . So there , there is just that need in that sunny weather , to get back home Sierra , things are going . And then just hope for the best today is , as we saw watched their River continue to rise , but it is .
Dangerous and it is difficult. I mean you even had a hard time getting in and out , right .
Yeah , so it took me a couple of hours getting down there. Yesterday I took some very long , winding country roads on the way back . That was a bit longer of the journey , it ended up taking about 4 hours because you know I hate road closures as a said bridges that were open in the morning were then closing up because despite the lack of rain , despite the sunny weather these rivers were continuing to rise . That’s little River and the Cape Fear River and they’re so officials were blocking over bridges and I know a lot of people were stuck in Fayetteville and and just trying to get back to other .
He’s trying to get back and trying to get food and supplies in as supplies supplies diminish , so the best advice is still enjoy the sunshine where you are. Give it another couple of days so that the emergency workers can get in India and lay the groundwork bring supplies back and until it’s a little bit safer . Yeah , I enjoy the sunshine where you are . Yes a fill-up education reporter , Lisa , thank you so much . Thanks Frank coming up on the state of things we’re going to look at the causes of the wealth gap certainly plays an important part in disasters like this . We find that people who are on the wrong side of the economic scale in the United States , and that is growing by the day find themselves at an even greater disadvantages . One of the many a destructive forces of the wealth gap in the United States will talk more about that on the state of things from North Carolina public radio a broadcast service of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill state .
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