More than a month after Hurricane Matthew dropped flooding rains over Eastern North Carolina, the last storm shelter in the state has closed.
The shelter at Robeson County Fairgrounds in Lumberton was closed Monday after the last residents left over the weekend. The shelter was one of seven that the American Red Cross and the county opened in Robeson, where the Lumber River reached the highest levels ever recorded in the days after Hurricane Matthew struck on Oct. 8.
About 4,100 people sought refuge in 109 storm shelters that were opened in 53 counties in the state, said Brittany Jennings of the American Red Cross in Raleigh. Those shelters, many in schools and community centers, have slowly closed as people were able to return to their homes or make other temporary arrangements.
There were 378 Red Cross shelters in the Carolinas, Georgia and Florida because of Matthew. The Robeson County shelter was the last one to close, Jennings said.