Norman Melvin was standing outside in the incessant rain, the motor to his pickup truck running, as he talked to a Fayetteville police officer.
The policeman had been waiting for Melvin to arrive at Melvin's Riverside Mobile Home Park off Deep Creek Road. It was just a short drive from Melvin's home near the end of the road that roughly parallels the Cape Fear River.
"I ain't gonna stay here," Melvin said to the officer inside the police car. "I want to leave, too."
The officer had come to notify those along Deep Creek Road, including the remaining residents in the park, that they were facing a mandatory evacuation by 3 p.m. Sunday.
The time was 9:44 a.m., and the five-hour-and-change deadline for departure was fast approaching.
Early Saturday afternoon , the city of Fayetteville, Cumberland County and town of Wade jointly announced that those who live within one mile of the banks of the Cape Fear or the Little River were under a mandatory evacuation due to impending flooding. Forecasts call for the Cape Fear to crest at 62 feet on Tuesday morning, which is four feet higher than during Hurricane Matthew nearly two years ago.
Melvin, 79, and wearing a cap and suspenders, estimated that roughly 80 people live in the family-run park. He said there already had been some looting in two of the 29 mobile homes.
"He said it's mandatory they leave," Melvin said, "but you can't make them. Only two are choosing to stay."
As for Melvin, who remembers the historic Cape Fear flood of 1945 that flooded downtown Fayetteville, he was undecided whether he was leaving.
"My wife is in the hospital. She had a stroke," he said. "That's a good thing. She's being taken care of. Thus far, I know the good Master. Every flood since then (1945) has not touched us. We're on a hill."
Janelle Cochran's family home lies at the dead end of Deep Creek Road. She was among four family members seeking shelter from the storm at her mother and father's place.
She said no one had informed them of the mandatory evacuation, but she and her family were watching the news and listening to the latest updates. Fortunately, they had power.
As for evacuation, Cochran, 35, said, "Honestly, we're here. We were here when Hurricane Matthew flooded. The home has been here since '46. We've seen floods, but nothing seriously enough to have to leave.
"I know they're saying the river will rise another 20 feet," she said from the front porch. "But there's a ravine going down to the river from where our house is. And we have faith. We're praying and staying steadfast that it's (floodwaters) not going to come up, also."
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