Cumberland County residents ‘hanging in there’ during Hurricane Matthew recovery


FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — Cumberland County continues to recover from Hurricane Matthew as people are still seeking aid and supplies.


Cumberland County was hit hard by Hurricane Matthew with three deaths, the most rain in the region leading to massive flooding and the highest wind gusts, which toppled trees and cut power.

On Saturday evening, officials released details about a previously known death that took place, but confirmed it happened in Cumberland County — marking the third person who died in the county from Hurricane Matthew.

Authorities said that on Wednesday, a 63-year-old man died after collapsing just after getting out of his vehicle.

Officials made the initial announcement of the man’s death on Friday. His name was not available.

Meanwhile, The American Red Cross and the North Carolina Baptist Men disaster relief team were on hand Saturday at the Cedar Falls Baptist Church in Fayetteville.

A team of 75 workers were handing out meals, vegetables, snacks, water and hot meals to those affected by Hurricane Matthew.

“We are in here helping them doing the recovery on their homes. We are helping getting the material out. We are helping them get their lives back in order and helping them out with the process of getting going again,” said Gregg Riggs of North Carolina Baptist Men.

RELATED: CBS North Carolina’s complete Hurricane Matthew coverage Since last weekend, the Cedar Falls Baptist Church shelter has given out 36,000  meals across Cumberland and four other counties.

Ulysses Brown drove 20 miles from Dunn to get ice and water.

“We are hanging in there and we are recovering. We thank God we made it through this situation and we know its going to get better,” Brown said.

Over in Hope Mills, a smaller recovery team was helping out at a woman’s home removing mud and interior walls. Five feet of water flooded her home last Saturday.

“The house isn’t really all that important but people are important. And we need to help each other. When my house starts drying out I am heading to my neighbors house to help them cause I know all along this streets all along these roads my neighbors are hurting like I was,” said Sharon Parker of Hope Mills.

The North Carolina Baptist Men disaster relief teams have been at the woman’s home since 9 a.m. Saturday.

They will return to the home Sunday morning to make sure that no mold forms inside of the home.

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