Flooding forces out residents in Lumberton

Heavy rains continue to pound border belt
Rescue crews help one family caught in the flood. (Source: WMBF News)
Rescue crews help one family caught in the flood. (Source: WMBF News)

LUMBERTON, NC (WMBF) – For many residents in Robeson County, they are still feeling the impact of Hurricane Florence and the devastation it's left behind, knowing the long road to recovery still lies ahead.

Neighborhoods throughout the area are submerged in flood water. One family was rescued by a boat as water surrounded their house.

Officials with the Robeson County Emergency Operations Center said they do have five shelters up and running throughout the county, and the levee was holding strong.

Residents, however, were very emotional. One gentleman said his family had finished rebuilding just a year after Hurricane Matthew.

You just want to sit down and cry, but that won't do no good," said Franklin.

Though the rain has stopped, the future for residents in Lumberton still remains uncertain, as homes sit in floodwater left behind by Florence.

For some, waiting out the storm was no longer an option as boats rescued those in danger. Others were narrowly able to escape the rising waters.

"Everybody needs help because they're trying to get to the shelters and all that," said Sam McClellan.

For Franklin, despite the uncertainty, he still has hope.

"There's really no words to describe it. It hits you right here. You try to save all the money you make and it's just gone," said Franklin

The Robeson County EOC said they do have five shelters up and running throughout the county and residents have still not been cleared to return home.

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