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Charlotte firefighters helping Robeson Co worry about second round of flooding

(Steve Crump | WBTV) (Steve Crump | WBTV)
(Steve Crump | WBTV) (Steve Crump | WBTV)

Yard after yard and home after home in parts of Lumberton, NC, all look the same. Help after floods caused by Hurricane Matthew has come to those who are hurting from North Carolina's largest fire department - Charlotte's Urban Search and Rescue Team.

This week they’ve rescued people and animals. 

Homes and property are being checked on and checked out by members of the rescue team. Battalion Chief Tim Hartsell is heading up one of the units.

"We work pretty long days during this, but we've been able to rotate crews in and out," he said.

Constant blaring sirens from first responders are added to the existing sound track of despair in Robeson County. Disappointment is a given at a place known as Pope's Crossing.

Wendy Goodman is worried about the place where she grew up. It's the home her mother had to leave last Sunday.

"This is heartbreaking for an 84-year-old woman to have to come home too. It is very sad,” Goodman said. ”With God's grace, nobody was hurt in this area. We’re good."

It is the staying behind that worries rescuers from the Charlotte Fire Department. Experts said when local waters decide to crest, some residents may once again have to head for higher ground.

"Once we may evacuate them, and people may get back to their houses, then it's gonna crest again. They’ll be trapped once again," Hartsell said.

The Lumber River is expected to crest later this week.

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