Cumberland County prepares for Beryl
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FAYETTEVILLE -- In a year that's already seen its share of rough weather, some Fayetteville residents aren't sure what to expect now that hurricane season is upon us.
Charles Wallace and Amy Roman just moved into a house in January near Buckhead Creek.
"The first time I figured out there was a creek back there is when I went to look back for my dog. He had gotten out from behind the fence, and I saw it said Buckhead Creek," said Roman.
The couple wasn't aware that their house was in an area prone to flooding. But now that they do, they plan to be prepared for the storms. In the past, their dogs have helped give them an early warning.
"They're like an extra set of antennae," said Wallace.
"Mogul Status" is their beagle and "Hokaheyah" is their German shepherd.
"They'll alert you. They do get a little skittish, when the thunder starts rolling in, they start pacing. So I do keep an eye on them. The dogs are my eyes and ears too," said Roman.
As Beryl moves slowly up the coast Tuesday night, Cumberland County officials are expecting a few inches of rainfall that could cause some problems.
Gene Booth is with the county's Emergency Services.
"Definitely if you don't have to be out, don't go out. We could have some locally heavy rains with some road flooding or street flooding," he said.
He's also asking residents to be cautious if they do have to go out.
"Stay away from the areas that typically do flood. Know your area, know your neighborhood, and know how to get in and out to avoid those areas. If there is some standing water, stay out of it," said Booth.
New residents Charles and Amy plan to be safe, but they have that extra level of protection as well.
"He's a guardian, he's just my guardian. He guards me when I sleep, and he guards her when I'm not here," said Wallace.