Now that the Cape Fear River has crested, what’s next for Fayetteville?

September 20, 2018

Many people in Fayetteville and Cumberland County are feeling a sense of relief now that the Cape Fear River has crested and is receding.

A long week is ahead, and even though residents and businesses are already in clean-up mode, they know the impacts of Florence will linger for months.

Most businesses along the Cape Fear River decided to close before Hurricane Florence made landfall.

On Grove Street, crews were cleaning up the mess that three inches of water caused inside a local business, Cumberland Tractor.

The owner said he moved most of his expensive equipment to higher ground last week before the hurricane.

“What we expected, we got,” said Tom Kosto. “Water is still kind of flowing through the building from the back. The river is kind of feeding the stream through our building. It is not very much, no damage. Our biggest problem is just clean-up.”

The clean-up is something his staff did not have to do in 2016 during Hurricane Matthew. During that storm, water got close to the doorstep but never actually went inside the business.

The Cape Fear River crested Wednesday at 6 a.m. and is expected to be below flood stage by Saturday.

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