8 Months After Matthew, Lumberton Bracing For Start Of Hurricane Season

It's a long way to recovery for thousands hit by Hurricane Matthew.

ROBESON COUNTY, N.C. -- A day away from the start of the 2017 hurricane season is on the minds of Robeson County residents like Aaron Scott-Lodge.

"I hope it don't come through here," Scott-Lodge said. "We don't need to see any more water like that... We had to get taken from our house, by a boat. We had to go to the shelters."

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Hurricane Matthew flooded much of Lumberton in the heart of Robeson County nearly 100 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean last October. The State of North Carolina says Matthew caused billions of dollars in damage.

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Tammy Tyner lost some trees in her yard but knows her neighbors had it much worse. She says the cleanup efforts are still going on months later.

"There are  still homes where you can see the debris on the streets and they're still doing home repairs."

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Repairs are being made to many Churches and businesses like the West Lumberton Baptist Church. Phillip Hammonds is a brick mason.

He says the worst of Mother Nature sometimes brings the best out of neighbors.

"There was a whole lot of coming together because they knew they had to," Hammonds said. "They didn't have any other choice. There were so many people devastated."

The National Hurricane Center is predicting an 'above average' number of Hurricanes this year. To learn how to prepare your family visit: http://www.weather.gov/wrn/hurricane-preparedness.

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