Homeowners in Robeson County worry about Hurricane Michael effects

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It’s been almost a month since Florence hit the Carolinas, and one home in Robeson County still has several inches of water.

The homeowner is worried for whats to come with Hurricane Michael.

“I’m disgusted by it, everyday I have to live with it,” said resident Gary Barnes. 

After Hurricane Matthew, Barns and his family decided to move into a new home. He’s live there for more than a year, but says he never realized how bad things would get after Hurricane Florence. 

“I can tell you at times, it’s been three or four foot around the back, and in the middle of the yard, it’s up to my knees,” said Barnes. 

This is the first time Barnes and his family have experienced several inches of water in the front yard. Barnes has tried fixing the problem on his own, but nothing seems to work. 

“I pumped the water out of my ditch, and some of the water on the other ditch so I can clean it out myself but now I have issues of the canal getting higher on that side and it’s not letting the water go back to the river,” said Barnes. 

Robeson County officials advise how you should prepare for Hurricane Michael. 

“If you do have water, please contact the emergency management. Try to clean up as much debris as you can prior to the storm coming,” said spokesperson for Robeson County, Emily Jones. 

With the rain heading to Robeson County, the family worries they won’t receive the help they need. 

“Now we have the other hurricane coming and I don’t know how much water it’s going to bring,” said Barnes. 

The county suggests affected residents should fill out a disaster recovery application or call 1-800-621-FEMA.

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