Monday, September 17, 5:25 p.m.
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Things are slowly beginning to improve in Raeford and Hoke County after Florence, with the sun peeking out for the first time in days. It's not all good: some areas are still experiencing flooding, and there are about 4,500 people in the county still without power, and a number of homes have downed trees on them. Fortunately, no injuries have been reported so far.
The mandatory evacuation order for the McLauchlin Lakes area was canceled this afternoon after a state dam inspector was able to take a look at the Kaco dam. There are no evacuation orders active in the county at this time. Rockfish Road near the dam remains closed.
The Hoke County curfew is also lifted as of today!
We're hearing that water is back on for residents in the Ashley Heights/McCain areas who suffered loss of service yesterday and today due to a generator failing. County officials confirmed that a new generator is in place and service should be restored. Those customers who were affected are under a boil water advisory for the moment - only customers who lost water service need to boil water.
Most of the shelters are shut down now, with Don Steed Elementary remaining open along with the pet shelter for people who evacuated for Florence with their animals. Visit www.readyhoke.org or call the Emergency Operations Center at 910-848-4646 for more information on the shelter.
The roads in Raeford are all back open, and road conditions in lesser-damaged areas of the county are improving. Most of the major roads like U.S. 401 and N.C. 20 are open and clear. N.C. 211 from Raeford to Red Springs was closed at the county line due to high water on the road, but when we went to check on it today, the barricades were moved and people were driving through the water today to cross the road. Please use caution.
There are some roads in the county, particularly the Camden Road/Rockfish Road area, that remain closed. North Old Wire Road is also closed due to flooding. You can find out more about road closures through these websites:
Hoke County Government Offices are open Tuesday, September 18.
Hoke County Schools are closed Tuesday, September 18 and further updates will be posted on their website https://www.hcs.k12.nc.us/ and their Facebook page.
Hoke County Courts appear to be closed Tuesday as well according to this information: https://www.nccourts.gov/closings
If you want to double check tomorrow, call the courthouse at 910-878-4100.
The Raeford Post Office is back open.
All county solid waste sites EXCEPT Antioch are open tomorrow. There's still no power at the Antioch site.