FEMA stocks city firefighters with water

By Mike Gellatly - [email protected]

LUMBERTON — Lumberton firefighters can battle fires again as FEMA has tankers of water at every station.

After a fretful few days without enough water to fight fires, water has been trucked in so that all of Lumberton is covered with fire protection. Since Hurricane Matthew hit Robeson County a week ago, Lumberton’s water system has been out of service.

According to Lumberton Mayor Bruce Davis, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has parked water trucks all city fire stations.

“This gives us some cover, at least,” Davis said Friday.

Lumberton City Manager Wayne Horne said each station in the city has at least one tanker of water. Rural stations around the city limits and countywide fire departments also have water, he said.

The Lumberton Fire Department’s Central Station is located at 600 N. Cedar St. in downtown, and it also has three district fire stations.

There have been reports of several fires in the county as electricity is restored in buildings whose electrical systems have been compromised by floodwaters.

Red Springs and St. Pauls are helping by offering truckloads of water to Lumberton. This water is being used to supply the Bill Sapp Recreation Center which is being used as an emergency shelter and Southeastern Regional Medical Center.

The city is working rapidly to restore water, but one councilman said it could be weeks. There are also ongoing efforts to get some city residents on county water.

By Mike Gellatly

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