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Robeson County residents still dealing with force of nature

(Steve Crump | WBTV) (Steve Crump | WBTV)
ROBESON COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

Receding floodwaters traditionally signal that recovery is underway, but across Robeson County in NC, fighting Mother Nature is a day-to-day struggle.

On Monday, boats moved out the stranded, but one day later small water crafts were being used to transport personal keepsakes.

Kenwin Cummings has lived in the community all 49 years of his life, but has never seen the Lumber River escape its banks.

“This is my first. I’ve talked to people older than me - in their 70s - and they’ve never seen it,” Cummings said.

Near Highway 710, it’s just not homes in the way of harm but also houses of worship like Harper’s Ferry Baptist Church.

Overcoming these conditions is an exercise in faith that’s being carried out in one Pembroke community. That’s where April Locklear is putting her belief in a higher power and neighbors lending needed hands.

“It’s pretty heartbreaking," Locklear said. "Today is my birthday, too, and we don’t have insurance either.”

It’s not just man’s battle, but this fight also means keeping livestock among the living. WBTV found horses that appear to have no way out. Fortunately, Michael Cummings got his farm animals to higher ground.

“All of my horses are already moved across the road and all,” he said.

After the departure of Hurricane Matthew, the latest threat to Lumberton and it’s connected communities comes from a single source - the rising Lumber River, which has yet to crest.

John Cummings is a member of the local rescue squad.

From the time we get to the time we leave, you can it’s a constant flow,” he said.

The river is expected to crest this coming Friday, and one resident living near the damage said “ I feel like I’m living in a movie.”

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