<b>MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (November 1, 2016) - On the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew Mount Pleasant Waterworks wants to help and is now accepting drop-off donations from the community.
While many areas in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia are still recovering from Hurricane Matthew, Robeson County, North Carolina (the poorest and largest county in the state) was one of the hardest hit. This rural area experienced some of the worst of Hurricane Matthew.
As Matthew spun toward the coasts of the Carolinas, residents were urged to move inland to safety. Lumberton, NC, has long been considered one of the “safe” areas - 90 miles from the coast, located conveniently on Interstate 95. What no one predicted was that Matthew’s wrath would move inland, causing historic flooding of catastrophic proportion.
The Lumber River, located in the heart of the city, was already one foot above flood levels due to thunderstorms the prior week. During Hurricane Matthew, the river rose an additional 12 feet above its swollen banks–4 feet above its historic high. Levees and dams were compromised, leaving homes and businesses underwater.
Thousands were evacuated, hundreds were rescued by air and boat, and sadly, 26 lost their lives, primarily due to drownings. Residents in Nichols, SC, are also in need of support and will be receiving a portion of donations.
Mount Pleasant residents can drop off their donations at the U-Haul location on Rifle Range Road, near Mount Pleasant Waterworks’ Operations Center.
<b>Items needed most: </b>
- Toiletries (tooth brush, toothpaste, hairbrushes, etc.)
- Non-Perishable Food
- Pet Food
- Baby Formula
- Toilet Paper
- Cleaning Supplies
- School Supplies
MPW Thanks you for your help!