LILLINGTON, N.C. (WNCN) - Authorities in Harnett County are urging even more evacuations Sunday in addition to a mandatory order that was issued Saturday.
The National Weather Service is projecting the Cape Fear River in Lillington to reach its flood stage of 14 feet later Sunday evening.
The river is projected to continue rising rapidly until it crests near major flood stage at 25.8 feet around 8 p.m. Monday, Harnett County officials said in a news release.
"It is believed properties located in the river’s 100-year flood plain will experience flooding," officials said in a news release Sunday.
Harnett County issued a mandatory evacuation Saturday morning for those along the Lower Little River near the Cumberland County line.
The areas included in the voluntary evacuation area on Sunday include:
Woodwater Circle, Parkside Drive, Falls of the Cape Drive, Morgan Farm Drive, Riverside Hills Drive, Ross Road, South River Road, Oak Street, Wildlife Road, Keith Hills Road, Strickland Lane, Wallace Lane
Beaver Dam Road, Glenn Ruth Lane, Bunnlevel Erwin Road, Roosevelt Road, Riverview Road, Waters Edge Drive
Olde Ferry Lane, Tom Byrd Lane, River Bluff Drive, Riley Devereaux Court
Jackson Road, Bay Street, Natchez Trace, Canal Street, Dauphine Street, Burgandy Street, Basin Street
River Ridge Drive.
Emergency responders are going door-to-door in the affected areas Sunday afternoon to encourage residents to leave.
The evacuation ordered Saturday is about the Lower Little River.
The National Weather Service is now predicting the Lower Little River at Manchester to crest at 35.4 feet at approximately 8 a.m. on Monday - which is 17 feet above the river’s flood stage of 18 feet.
That level would surpass the record level of 29 feet during Hurricane Matthew in 2016.
Officials went door-to-door Saturday in an effort to get residents out.
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 Saturday.
Western Harnett High School is located at 10637 N.C. 27, Lillington.
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.
Any questions should be directed to the Harnett County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Public Information lines at (910) 893-0630 and (910) 893-0634.
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