WSIC observes Lumberton flooding with the Civil Air Patrol


Pictured above – Flooding in Lumberton, North Carolina remains following Hurricane Florence – WSIC photo


LUMBERTON, NC (WSIC) – Parts of Lumberton remain under water following Hurricane Florence.

The Lumber River cuts-through the south side of town and is presently at more than 22 feet. Flooding starts around 13 feet according to North Carolina’s Flood Inundation Mapping and Alert Network, or FIMAN – it’s not expected to make a quick return to normal. Reports indicate some residents made efforts to build a temporary levy before the storm, but that it was ultimately overcome by water.

It’s hard to say for certain from the air, but pilot Major Brett Benson and WSIC’s Chris Hoke estimated about 20 percent of town is flooded – that includes parts of I-95.

For Benson, flights over flooded areas are nothing new. As a member of the Civil Air Patrol, it’s how he and others serve the community following an event like Hurricane Florence.

Benson and his crew receive lists of areas to be photographed in the days after a major weather event and provide those to agencies like FEMA. For now in Lumberton, the river is predicted to remain in major flood stage territory into at least next week.