LUMBERTON — Anyone who planned to make a last-day visit to the FEMA office at the old Kmart building in Lumberton to make a claim related to Hurricane Matthew will be denied that opportunity as the office didn’t open today because of the severe cold.
The office in Fayetteville is also closed today.
Today is the deadline to file for claims of lost property or income related to the Oct. 8 hurricane and the historic flooding that followed. That can still be done online, via the FEMA app or by phone. Online FEMA applications can be made at DisasterAssistance.gov.
Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 for voice, 711 and Video Relay Service. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY, call 800-462-7585.
As of Monday 18,133 claims in Robeson County had been approved, resulting in payments of $22.7 million. For all of North Carolina, 78,204 successful claims had resulted in total awards of $86.5 million.
Hurricane Matthew caused an estimated $2 billion damage statewide. No figure has been offered only for Robeson County, but more than 7,000 structures were damaged and more than 5,000 people flushed from their homes. The hardest hit areas were West Lumberton and South Lumberton, which are near the Lumber River, which rose to never-seen-before levels.