Third death blamed on Matthew

County drops boil-water advisory

LUMBERTON — A third person had died at the hands of Hurricane Matthew.

Kellie Blue, a spokesperson for the county’s emergency command center, said a Fairmont man has been found dead in his home. The man’s name and address were not available. Blue said he appeared to have relied on an oxygen tank and could not escape the home.

That brings to three the number of county deaths from Matthew. The Robesonian previously reported five deaths, but that was when information was confused about the number of people missing.

Blue had these other updates:

— She said that maintaining the 14 PODs — points of distribution for water and food — at area fire departments was a priority. The distribution is from 2 to 6 p.m. at the following sites: 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 county has dropped its advisory to boil water. Water has been tested and it is safe.

— Duke Power is reporting 13,147 customers without power, and Lumbee River Electric Membership Corporation is reporting 3,787.

— There were 1,316 people at the county’s four shelters beginning today, Bill Sapp Recreation Center, and South Robeson, Purnell Swett and St. Pauls high schools.

County drops boil-water advisory
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