Responders pulled people from their submerged homes, situated them in rafts or choppers and whisked them to safe and dry ground.
Federal funding is available to people in Beaufort, Bladen, Columbus, Cumberland, Edgecombe, Hoke, Lenoir, Nash, Pitt, and Robeson counties.
Flooding in Lumberton
In the eastern North Carolina city of Lumberton, in one of the counties included in the President’s disaster declaration, rescuers worked to save 1,500 people stranded by flooding.
“We have people on roofs (there) as we speak,” North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said earlier Monday.
The Federal Aviation Administration has ordered flight restrictions over the area so helicopters can rescue them.
Kellie Blue, Robeson County, North Carolina, spokeswoman, said around 3,000 people were sent to shelters after the flooding but the county has no precise figure on the total number residents forced from their…