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Voluntary evacuation in Hoke County near McLaughlin Lake

RAEFORD, N.C. (WNCN) - Hoke County officials encourage those near the Kaco dam near McLaughlin Lake to voluntarily evacuate, according to a press release Saturday afternoon.

UPDATE: Hoke County officials order mandatory evacuation near McLaughlin Lake

Officials believe the dam banks will overflow as Tropical Storm Florence batters central North Carolina with rain. Levels are expected to exceed those seen during Hurricane Matthew in 2016, the release said.

The shelters at Don Steed, Sandy Grove, and West Hoke all have space for residents, the release said. Those that feel they should relocate should take action immediately.

UPDATE: Hoke County officials order mandatory evacuation near McLaughlin Lake

Open shelters are:

  • West Hoke Middle School, located at 200 Aberdeen Road in Raeford. No pets, and no special needs assistance available.
  • Sandy Grove Middle School, located at 300 Chason Road, Lumber Bridge. No pets, and no special needs assistance available.
  • Don Steed Elementary School, located at 800 Phillippi Church Road, Raeford. Pet shelter on site, and special needs assistance available.
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  • UPDATE: Hoke County officials order mandatory evacuation near McLaughlin Lake

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