Robeson County students return to class after Hurricane Matthew

Many rooms and bathrooms in one Lumberton elementary school have been condemned because of flooding (Nate Rodgers/CBS North Carolina)

LUMBERTON, N.C. (WNCN) – Students in Robeson County are back in school after missing 15 days to Hurricane Matthew.

West Lumberton Elementary was hit hard by Matthew’s flood waters.

The elementary school had an extensive amount of damage, making it impossible for the students to return to that building.

Monday, cheerleaders and staff welcomed the young students to Lumberton Junior High.

Before Hurricane Matthew, 151 children were enrolled at West Lumberton Elementary.

It’s unknown how many were able to come Monday or in the future with so many still displaced from their homes.

The Department of Transportation is still working on 81 roads within the district, creating new bus routes and stops.

Those who were able to come to school, were ready to be back.

“I am most excited about seeing my friends again, because it’s been so long,” West Lumberton Elementary fourth grader, Mya Britt, told CBS North Carolina. “I think they’ve gone through a lot of stuff and they just need to be happy.”

West Lumberton Elementary’s principal said they don’t know how long they will have to use the junior high school.

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