Stranded Families Worried About More Storms


by Audrina Bigos

IRON STATION, NC- More than 25 frustrated families are still stranded after Friday night's storms left a massive gap in the only road in and out of their Lincoln County neighborhood.

Daily tasks like getting groceries and walking home turned into a mile hike and a mess for neighbors after a storm left a 20-foot-wide and almost 20-foot-deep gap along Amity Lane in Iron Station.

Lincoln County officials say it's a private road so they will not repair it.

"I don't know how these people can look people in the eyes and tell them we're not going to do anything,” said Dustin Hickman, an Iron Station resident.

With the threat of storms this week, neighbor's fears and frustrations are building.

"One thunderstorm wiped out 40 foot of road. What's the next five days going to do?,” said Hickman.

"My concern now is more flooding and trees uprooting from the wind," said Robert Lowman, an Iron Station resident.

While families who are landlocked brace themselves for this week's storms, crews with the State Forestry Commission worked Sunday building a pedestrian and vehicle bridge.

"The purpose of building the bridges is to allow the property owners on the other side of the creek to be able to leave their property and have a vehicle to get out so they can maintain their daily lives. Go to work and go to the grocery store," said Martha Lide, Lincoln County interim county manager.

But Lincoln County officials are making it very clear that the bridge is only temporary. They handed out a flier to neighbors Sunday notifying them that it will be taken down Tuesday at 9a.m.

"That's not enough time to get everyone organized for where they're going to park, how they're going to make their routes and get back home safely. We need more time than that," said Lowman.

Other families say they want more than emergency quick fixes like the bridges and are asking the county or state to step up.

"Look my little girl in the eye and tell me you're not going to help me or her. That's sick. that's not right," said Hickman.

Lide says the families will have to pitch in if they want the gap fixed since it's privately owned.
Neighbors say they don't have the money but plan to seek federal help

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