Volunteers help Matthew victims in Robeson County
Posted October 15, 2016
Updated October 16, 2016
Lumberton, N.C. — Flood waters remained waist-deep in some areas across North Carolina on Saturday, including in the city of Lumberton.
The Lumber River is receding at the rate of one foot per day, but it is not expected to drop below flood stage until October 27.
Dwight Mustoe and other residents spent the day Saturday attempting to check on their homes. Like man residents, he has lived in Lumberton his whole life and has never seen the river this high.
Neighbors we were helping neighbors, but strangers also stepped in to help the community. Pop-up charity stops offered hot meals and cold drinks to those who needed it.
"Letting them take a break for a few minutes...come over and get something hot to eat and water to take with them," said Bob Rose, a volunteer. "We know this could be us. We were fortunate the storm was one mile one way and not one mile the other direction."
Lumberton resident Linda Parker said she appreciates the assistance.
"I think it's kind of them to come down here, bringing us food because everyone in Robeson County needs help," she said.
Small churches are leaning in to help those in need and larger operations also worked around the clock.
"We are trying to get to 500 (meals) right now and I think we might make it soon," said Pastor James Morris of Sandhills Worship Center.
Stephanie Davis said while she is grateful, she is worried how long the help will last.
"I try to get out everyday and get as much water as I possibly can since they say it will be two to four weeks before we have any water," she said. "You never know, they're here this week, but they may not be here the next."
Currently there are more than 100 agencies assisting people of Robeson County.