HOPE MILLS, N.C. (WNCN) – Residents are still working to piece together their lives as Cumberland County lifts the state of emergency declared Oct.7 ahead of Hurricane Matthew.
The state of emergency was lifted at 10 a.m. Monday by Marshall Faircloth, chairman of the Board of Commissioners.
In Hope Mills, more than 120 homes were damaged by flood waters. At least 40 of those were destroyed.
The Hornes, who have been married 51 years, said they’re grateful still have each other despite losing everything.
“My entire life of working is all in this pile of rubble,” said 82-year-old Milton Horne.
The National Guard rescued Horne and his wife, Sandra, from their home after six feet of water from the nearby Rockfish Creek flooded the area.
“My neighbor heard me hollering and screaming out in the dark and so she went and had somebody come and get us,” Sandra Horne said.
In other parts of Hope Mills, many fallen trees remain on sidewalks.
Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Donald Van Der Vaart toured a debris site setup at the Hope Mills golf course.
“The construction and demolition debris has to get out of the way so that folks can rebuild their homes, the vegetative matter needs to get out of the way so we can get our roads cleared and get the infrastructure working again,” Van Der Vaart said.
The Hornes are working to salvage what they can and said their secret weapon is faith.
“We prayed together and we believe in the lord and we knew he would do something, he always has,” Sandra Horne said.
The Hornes received some financial assistance from FEMA.
FEMA has also placed them in a hotel for the next month while they work to get things in order.
More than 11,000 residents applied for Disaster Food and Nutrition Benefits at the Department of Social Services, county officials said.
The last emergency shelter in Cumberland County closed Saturday.