LUMBERTON — The Southeastern North Carolina Agricultural Events Center has closed as a distribution site for food, water and other necessities in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.
According to county and city officials, two separate sites will be opening shortly to replace the center — both inside of Lumberton. They are now operating as collection sites only, but as soon as there is inventory, they they will begin distributing.
According to Sharon Hunt, the assistant to the city manager for Lumberton, both new sites are warehouses, one at 1401 Starlite Drive and the other at 2300 N. Cedar St. The sites are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
There remains a need for donated supplies.
Hunt said that donations of clothing should be taken to the Starlite Drive location, and “everything else,” especially food and water, should be taken to the Cedar Street location. The Robesonian will let the public know as soon as those sites are stocked and ready to distribute supplies to people.
In addition to the Southeastern North Carolina Agricultural Events Center, 14 local fire departments had been acting as PODs — points of distribution — from which water and ready-to-eat meals were being provided. They are no longer acting as PODs, but county officials say some of them still have food and water so anyone in need could could go by any of the fire departments and essentially try their luck.
The PODs were located 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.