County urging evacuations of mobile homes, low-lying areas

By: Staff report

LUMBERTON — The county is encouraging people who live in mobile homes or low-lying areas to evacuate, perhaps to one of the shelters being managed by the American Red Cross.

Emily Jones, the public information officer for the county, said the Lumber River is expected to rise to 24 feet on Sunday, which is about the same as it was following Hurricane Matthew.

There are more than 900 people in shelters, and county officials are telling those who are there not to leave.

There is room at shelters at Lumberton, St. Pauls and Purnell Swett high schools, and Fairmont Middle. Lumberton was at capacity, but now has room for more people. The South Robeson High shelter is no longer operating.

Staff report