Deluged by Hurricane Matthew, rural town waits for Florence

  • Nichole Worley passes family photos to her husband, Milton Johnson, as they pack belongings into the attic of their home in Lumberton, N.C., Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, as Hurricane Florence threatens the neighborhood with flooding. Two years after devastating floods brought on by Hurricane Matthew, the town may bear the brunt of Florence. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • Tamara Small passes a vacuum to her uncle, Milton Johnson, as her son, Tylik Miles, helps the family pack belongings in the attic in Lumberton, N.C., Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, as Hurricane Florence threatens the neighborhood with flooding. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • Nichole Worley and her husband, Milton Johnson, stand in their home in Lumberton, N.C., Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, as Hurricane Florence threatens the neighborhood with flooding. Their rural town, battered by the collapse of its blue-collar economy and then by Hurricane Matthew in 2016, might also bear the brunt of Florence as the river that cuts through the middle of town continues to rise through the weekend. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • Bennie Todd shows how high the Lumber River rose during Hurricane Matthew two years in his backyard in Lumberton, N.C., Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. Now the town is bracing for another potentially catastrophic flood, as heavy rains from Florence batter the region with rain and the river rises through the weekend. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2016, file photo, homes and businesses are surrounded by floodwaters from Hurricane Matthew in Lumberton, N.C. The rural town, battered by the collapse of its blue-collar economy and then by Matthew, might also bear the brunt of Hurricane Florence as the river that cuts through the middle of town continues to rise through the weekend. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

  • Nichole Worley looks out from her home in Lumberton, N.C., Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, as rains from Hurricane Florence threaten the neighborhood with flooding. Two years ago, Worley’s house, and most of the houses around her, took in water up to its eaves during Hurricane Matthew. “I don’t think we can stand another one,” she says. “I can’t do this again.” (AP Photo/David Goldman)

LUMBERTON, N.C. — She takes a break from hauling rugs and family heirlooms into the attic to look out the front door and watch it rain and rain and rain some more.

0 Comments