Lumberton community still scrambling to find homes, loved ones


LUMBERTON, N.C. (WRIC) — In Lumberton, North Carolina, where flooding from Hurricane Matthew left thousands of people stranded, people are still doing what they can to check on their homes, businesses and loved ones.

Some are getting creative with it; like a group of people who collected tables from a nearby flea market and lined them together to make a pier across 5th Street.


“It’s hard, there’s no road,” Winona Seals told 8News Reporter Evanne Armour as she looked at an area of town she no longer recognized. “There’s nothing but water everywhere you look.”

While some used tables and chairs to build platforms, others used boats or waded through the water to get a closer look. Some scooping it up and taking it home to flush toilets.

“We need prayer,” Seals said. “We really need prayer.”


Melissa Hill took a kayak to check on her home since she had no other option to get down flooded Highway 211.

“I can’t even explain it,” Hill said. “It has been disastrous but the community pulling together to save everybody and to pitch in to help has been awesome.”

Melinda Brabham is hoping the Lumberton community can help her, too. She’s in town from Charleston, South Carolina trying to find her mom, Joyce Strickland Seals. Brabham says she and her mom usually take every day, but she hasn’t heard from her since Sunday.

“I called all the shelters,” she said. “They say there is no one there by that name. So I don’t know where else to look.”

Brabham says she will remain in Lumberton until she finds her mom, even if it means more nights sleeping in her car.

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