Hurricane Matthew Relief Mission Trip-Lumberton, NC
The city of Lumberton is located on the Lumber River in North Carolina’s coastal plains region. The town was founded in 1787 by John Willis, an officer in the American Revolution. Lumberton was originally a shipping point used by the Navy to send lumber down river to Georgetown and South Carolina. Most of the town’s growth began shortly after World War II.
Though Hurricane Matthew lost some of its force by the time it reached North Carolina from Haiti, it still caused severe damage inland with flash floods in certain areas. The worst flooding occurred in places that lie along major rivers. As the rivers filled with water throughout the week after the storm passed, small creeks turned into rivers and the rivers strengthened to dangerous sizes. Lumberton and other areas in Robeson County experienced great disaster.
On October 10th, three days after Matthew’s landfall, the Lumber River at downtown Lumberton peaked around 22 feet. That is 9 feet above flood stage. Now there are hundreds of displaced families. Mission Discovery teams are invited to help immediately and long-term through trips that will include cleanup and reconstruction. Disaster relief leaders say the recovery will last for months, maybe even years.