HOPE MILLS, N.C. (WNCN) – First responders are working hard to help communities devastated by Hurricane Matthew here in North Carolina and now we’re seeing that some of them are in need of help themselves.
A fire station in Cumberland County was flooded during Hurricane Matthew. The Cotton Volunteer Fire Department Station 4 in Hope Mills shared photos on Facebook Saturday showing their station flooded.
The crews from the station had conducted more than 70 water rescues when they got the call over their radios that their station was being evacuated.
Around 11 p.m. that night Rockfish Creek flooded, which sent a wave of water into the station.
They were able to get everyone out safely, along with their apparatuses, some chairs and a TV. Everything else is likely a loss.
The last engine leaving the station had water up to the front bumper.
Still, firefighters had work to do and conducted another 30 or 40 rescues until 8 a.m. Sunday.
A department engineer said Tuesday morning that now that the calls for service have started to slow down, they have to deal with the realization that the only fire house most of them have known is gone.
Thanks to a local business, the firefighters were able to set up temporary operations at a nearby vacant warehouse Monday.
The Cotton Volunteer Fire Department is now working out of a location on Tom Starling Road. They expect to be there for the next couple of months.
The department is still assessing the damage. Its board of directors will meet later today to come up with a plan.
The engineer told me this morning that they will likely not rebuild at the same location, but that’s something the board will look into.