Some of the problems are things one doesn’t think about at first, in the wake of a disaster. A family is displaced by flooding from Hurricane Matthew in the town of Lumberton, and finds shelter in a hotel. But then, there’s the matter of how to get to the store or a food donation center that may be miles away. For along with their home, they lost their car.
Thousands of people in the Lumberton area are dealing with these kinds of issues, and worse. And for parents with children, the worry and the pain are multiplied. It’s one thing to try to struggle through yourself. It’s much more difficult when your children don’t have adequate clothing or supplies and they just don’t understand why.
The consequences of the hurricane’s flooding are all the worse as well for those in the area who are lower-income or very poor. Many didn’t have flood insurance. Now they have to rely on churches and relief organizations and help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Gov. Pat McCrory’s Hurricane Matthew Recovery Committee.
The governor is asking North Carolina’s members of Congress to seek $1 billion in additional federal help, and to cut a deal that will obligate the state to match 10 percent of such money instead of the required 25 percent.
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And so far, contributions to the governor’s fund are lagging relative to what’s needed. Let’s hope that changes. Good neighbors and volunteers are helping in Lumberton, but they need help, too.
We were not all in this flooding together, but we must be together in the recovery.