LINCOLN COUNTY, N.C. - On Friday (Feb. 7), in a joint effort as a response to Lincoln Counties Emergency Management Office, East Lincoln Fire Department, Lincoln County EMS and Red Cross took initiative to get out and check on a local community who unfortunately due to the recent torrential rain lost their entire road access in a mudslide. [The collapsed culvert is on Daybrook Court in the Cedarbrook Subdivision off Hines Circle Road near the Old Plank Road in southeastern Lincoln County.]
This effort required the fire department to get out and haul over three of their UTV’s which carried one of each of the responders.
All the residents, despite having no road way to drive in and out, were all doing fairly well. The efforts were made to ensure none of the residents were in any immediate danger, that they were safe in their home with heat, adequate food and water and most importantly no residents had any immediate emergency medical issues and were good on any medications they took.
Residents did express deep concern about their road and had many questions about help for repairs. While none of the agencies out there could offer immediate attention to their questions for repairs, adjacent neighbors did offer their yard as a temporary access exit. All residents were given this information and also advised by the fire department to use this exit as their access point exit to leave or get their cars out.
This “staged roadway” was only temporary and available for several hours, thereafter the temporary access exit closed and there was no other way to get cars in and out. Notice was explained and letters of notice were given.
The access road that was washed away to this neighborhood is a private road and is not currently maintained by state or county. In such case, this burden lies in the hands of all residents to come together privately to get it fixed.
At this point, the damage is very severe and currently there is no known information about how much it would actually cost to get this road fixed correctly. These folks definitely need a miracle and possibly someone who does this type of construction to work with this community. If anyone or any company has any resources available or knows a contractor that will work with these folks and does reliable work I would urge them to reach out and let it be known as this community needs immediate help to get this road repaired and back open so they can get in and out with their cars.
--- Monique Cespedes is a DAT responder with The American Red Cross, Licensed EMT, Parent Advocate, and member of the Maiden Rescue Squad.
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