McCrory: Three Biggest Challenges in Lumberton After Hurricane Matthew


LUMBERTON, NC (WBTW) – Flooding from Hurricane Matthew is wreaking havoc in Lumberton North Carolina.

Governor Pat McCrory held a press conference at the Robeson County Emergency Management Center Wednesday afternoon.

Governor McCrory stood beside state, city and county leaders to talk about the massive flooding.

During the press conference McCrory mentioned two schools are still under water and   many roads are too.

McCrory also stated there is no set timeline when I-95 will open.

The governor also met with superintendent of schools Wednesday.

He says the Robeson County School Administration building has an environmental spill.

Governor McCrory says the three biggest challenges in Lumberton is water, shelter and medicine.

“The National Guard has 135 citizen soldiers, 110 military police and 45 vehicles on the ground,” McCrory said.

McCrory mentioned Purnell Swett High School has 820 people living inside, many of whom are sleeping on the gym floor.

“We’ve literally got hundreds of people over a high school basketball floor. You’ve got peope in the lobby – I met one family, a man his wife and three kids and their grandparents. They’re living in a corner of the lobby of the school. They’re in their third night tonight in that lobby. I will say their spirits were high they just don’t know what next week is going to be,” explained Governor McCrory.

McCrory says the next goal for the city of Lumberton is to work closely with FEMA to find citizens housing.