Triad Man Dealing With Flooding At New Lumberton Dealership

Triad Man Worried Floods Will Ruin Business

For a lot of places in Eastern North Carolina, the flooding could get worse, before it gets better.

Hundreds were forced to evacuate from Lumberton Monday after a levee broke.

Robert Allmer, originally from the Triad, just took over a car dealership in Lumberton and he's worried for his new town and his new business.

"I've never been through anything like this," he admits. "I don't think Lumberton has ever been through anything like this."

Allmer closed his dealership, Nissan of Lumberton, Friday as Hurricane Matthew approached North Carolina.

He escaped to the Triad, but had no idea he wouldn't be able to get back.

"The whole town is flooded," he says. "I-95 is flooded. Half my employees have been evacuated."

Allmer says some of his employees were evacuated by boat and helicopter, but they're all okay.

He's been watching the destruction unfold from Kernersville, his home before moving to Lumberton in July.

"It was just an opportunity to acquire new dealership and hopefully succeed in the future."

Now, he's looking for all opportunities to get help.

Everyday the dealership is closed - the business is losing $25,000.

"I don't even know if my house is okay," Allmer says. "If it's under water or not. I haven't checked on it yet. I'm more concerned with the dealership."

Allmer says he hopes to get back to the dealership as soon as it's safe, but he's not sure when he'll be back in business.

"It's not an overnight deal. It's not one week.  It's going to take a while."

Allmer says many of the cars were moved to higher ground before the storm hit, so only a few are not salvageable.

The river isn't expected to crest until later this week, so it's possible more damage could come.

(© 2016 WFMY)


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