City pumping water out of levee in advance of storm

By: Staff report
The city on Wednesday put in place a makeshift berm at the water plant. They are hoping it does not get flooded like it did during Hurricane Matthew.

LUMBERTON — City officials today were concerned about a changing forecast related to Florence, which now calls for perhaps twice as much rain as originally predicted, and has them worried about a Matthew 2.0.

Still, they were cautiously optimistic and in a “wait-and-see” mode.

City Manager Wayne Horne said the water plant, which was drowned by Matthew, has been fortified by a makeshift berm that is being completed today, and the city was pumping water out of the levee to make room for as many as 20 inches of rain that Florence could produce.

City officials arettrusting that the Lumber River, which was already at 13 feet and flood stage for Matthew, will be able to handle the rain because when it was checked today, it was at about 7 feet.

Horne also pointed out Matthew’s 18 inches of rain came in a single day, while Florence’s is forecast for over three days.

But the ever-changing forecast has city officials worried that the rain could be even worse.

The silver lining is that the latest forecast takes Robeson County out of the area where hurricane-force winds are expected, and in the tropical-storm range.

The city on Wednesday put in place a makeshift berm at the water plant. They are hoping it does not get flooded like it did during Hurricane Matthew.
https://www.robesonian.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_berm_ne2018913154623726.jpgThe city on Wednesday put in place a makeshift berm at the water plant. They are hoping it does not get flooded like it did during Hurricane Matthew.

Staff report