Cooper visits Robeson County to assess Hurricane Florence damage

Cooper visits Robeson County to assess Hurricane Florence damage

ROBESON COUNTY, NC (WMBF) - North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper visited Robeson County Tuesday to assess damage from Hurricane Florence.

He visited the Indian Education Resource Center in the Pembroke area.

The building’s roof ripped off during the storm, causing lots of water to damage the inside of the building.

“It was raining as hard inside the building as it was outside,” Dr. Connie Locklear, director of the Indian Education Program said.

The building houses many Native American historical artifacts. Some of them were damaged during the storm. Others were recovered.

Cooper says the building is one example of many that went through lots of damage.

“Florence overall is probably the greatest natural disaster this state has ever faced,” Cooper said.

He says the short amount of time between Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Florence made it worse.

“Robeson County had two catastrophic storms within 23 months of each other,” Cooper said.

Cooper had a message for anyone going through the recovery process.

“The state is working closely with the federal government and non-profit groups to reach out and help and to do as much as they can,” he said. “Help can never come fast enough for a victim of a storm. There are a lot of people still working hard.”

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