LUMBERTON — Supplies will be distributed to Robeson County residents at 14 designated points of distribution throughout the county.
The sites, all located at local fire departments, are stocked and manned by the National Guard. Water and MRE’s will be distributed beginning Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. and continuing during the same hours on subsequent days as long as supplies last.
The sites are:
Allenton Fire Department, 6815 N.C. 211 East, Lumberton; East Howellsville Fire Department, 1000 Pridgen Road, Lumberton; Lumber Bridge Fire Department, 303 W. Main St., Lumber Bridge; Pembroke Fire Department, 201 Main St., Pembroke; Prospect Fire Department, 4345 Prospect Road, Maxton; Raft Swamp Fire Department, 2809 N.C. 72 West, Lumberton; Deep Branch Fire Department, 3129 Deep Branch Road, Lumberton; Evans Crossroads Fire Department, 3440 Elrod Road, Maxton; Queheel Fire Department, 108 East Rockingham Road, Maxton; Rennert Fire Department, 9896 Rennert Road, Shannon; Saddletree Fire Department, 76 Rozier Church Road, Lumberton; Northwoods Fire Department, 344 Sherwood Road, Lumberton; Parkton Fire and Rescue, 2704 W. Parkton Tobemory Road, Parkton; and Fairmont Fire Department, 421 S. Main St., Fairmont.
The city of Lumberton is also operating several distribution sites, which are subject to change depending on volunteers and space. Water via the National Guard is regularly available in front of Cake’s and Pastries, 701 Farringdom St., in Lumberton. Distribution locations are being shared by CodeRED alerts from the city. Residents can sign up for the emergency alerts at ci.lumberton.nc.us.
Water has been a critical need in Lumberton as the city’s water plant is submerged under flood waters. Nearly all Robeson County utility customers lost power during Hurricane Matthew’s onslaught Saturday, forcing grocery stores to shut down. Those stores are beginning to reopen with power restored to all but 30,000 Robeson utility customers and water restored to 95 percent of county customers as well as residents of several municipalities, including Red Springs, St. Pauls, Parkton, Pembroke and Fairmont.
The city’s 10,000 water users are without that service, and estimates are it could be weeks before it is restored