Hurricane Florence Update From NCDA&CS (9/16/18)

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This newsletter contains important information from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Veterinary Division in regards to Hurricane Florence. Please share this newsletter with others as appropriate. To subscribe to this newsletter, please send an email to the Veterinary Division’s general email account,

Emergency Management Weather Tracking

Heavy rain and Flash Flood Warnings have expanded westward across the Sandhills and into the Charlotte Metro area, leading to extremely dangerous driving conditions. Several more inches of rain are possible across the Charlotte Metro area before the rain slowly tapers off this later evening. Travel is discouraged or even impossible across a large portion of the state.

Major river flooding is ongoing across portions of eastern N.C. and many more rivers are forecast to rise above Major Flood Stage over the coming days. The attached document only includes hydrographs of forecast gauges on rivers that are currently expected to reach Major Flood Stage.

For the most current river flooding information, please visit NC FIMAN at ( Some river gauges across eastern N.C. are exceeding historic records and are being over-topped by flood waters. The gauges are Chinquapin and Trenton have exceeded their operational limits.

Forecasting for river cresting can be found on the full report. View the full report.

Rainfall totals from Hurricane Florence as of September 16, 2018

N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Emergency Hotline
For emergencies, please call the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services emergency hotline at 866-645-9403.

Hurricane Florence Update Equine Evacuations

The Hunt Horse Complex is accepting reservations for horses by telephone. Stalls may be reserved by calling the Hunt Horse Complex at 919-839-4701 or call our Public Safety team at 919-612-6767.

PLEASE call ahead to determine space availability before arriving. Reduced pricing structure per stall: 1 day – $17, 2 days – $20, 3 days – $23, 4 days – $26, 5 days – $29, and $3 per additional day per stall thereafter. See the Facility Use Agreement/Liability Waiver Form that is required for each owner.

Please enter the Hunt Horse Complex off Youth Center Drive to expedite stalling.

Mass Animal Mortality Management Plan
The Mass Animal Mortality Management Plan for catastrophic natural disasters was developed by the state before Hurricane Matthew. NCDA&CS has reviewed and recommended the plan for mass animal mortality. Click on the links below for guidance on composting mass animal mortality.
A list of the county landfills indicating which animal species are accepted and landfill contact information can be found using the link below.
Health Certificates Waived for Hurricane Evacuation Animals
Several states including North Carolina have waived some interstate movement requirements for animals being evacuated from hurricane-affected states. These states are temporarily suspending ICVI (health certificate) requirements for the interstate movement of animals and Coggins tests for horses. Click on the link for each state for exceptions and details of hurricane evacuated animals entering that state.
NCDA&CS Veterinary Division’s Livestock Unit
The livestock unit has four regions throughout the state. Attached is the regional map with a list of the Veterinary Medical Officers and Animal Health Technicians and their contact information.