Local efforts to help flood victims

The worst may be yet to come, and local organizations are stepping up to do their part.

MONROE, N.C. -- The roofs of homes barely peak above the water, cars are submerged and entire towns have been turned into swamps. 

When people see the devastating images of flooding in Eastern North Carolina, many look for ways to help.

"Juice, clothes, shoes, blankets, pillows, air mattresses," said Ashley Benton.

Benton with South Piedmont Community College in Monroe says they're collecting donations to send to Lumberton.

"As of right now, we almost have a box truck full of supplies to send down," Benton said. "So we're very excited about that."

People can bring items to Building A, or to the campuses in Polk and Wadesboro, until Thursday afternoon.  

Congressman Robert Pittenger was in Lumberton Wednesday. Wednesday morning, Governor Pat McCrory discussed the state's plans to assist those affected.

"We activated the state's Hurricane Matthew relief fund to support long-term recoveries in partnership with the United Way of North Carolina," McCrory said.

SPCC knows people here are already doing their part.

"We're a community college and that's what we want to do, to help the community," Benton said. "So we're excited to be just a small part in this."

Some additional items you're encouraged to drop off: first aid kits, baby diapers and hygiene items.

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