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

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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 River Cresting Tracking

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. 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.

Current river cresting can be found in the map above. Click on the map to download a larger version.

River Cresting Map for N.C._Hurricane Florence_9-18-18

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

As of September 18, 2018, the Southeastern Ag Center in Lumberton, N.C., is accepting reservations for horses. Call 910-618-5699 for details.

The Hunt Horse Complex is still open for accepting reservations. For more information contact their office at 919-839-4701.

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.
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.
We are reaching out to the landfills and rendering companies to see when they will reopen. We will share this information once it is known.
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.