LUMBERTON — A group of state legislators will be in Lumberton today to learn first-hand from county residents about their experiences during and in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.
“We want to get reports from citizens about how they were taken care of during and after the hurricane,” said Rep. Garland Pierce, a Democrat from Wagram whose district includes parts of Robeson County. “We want to make sure the citizens received and are still receiving the help they need.”
Pierce and Rep. Charles Graham, a Democrat from Lumberton, will be among legislators attending the Robeson County Hurricane Matthew Community Update Roundtable. The event, sponsored by the North Carolina Legislative Black Caucus, will run today from 6 to 8 pm. at Sandy Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 1601 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Lumberton.
The N.C. Legislative Black Caucus is made up of 37 senators and House representatives of black, American Indian and Asian-Indian heritage who are now serving in the state General Assembly.
Today’s roundtable is free and open to the public. In addition to Graham and Pierce, who are hosting the event, Caucus Chairwoman Sen. Angela Bryant of Nash County, and Sen. Erica-Smith Ingram of Northampton, the second vice charwoman and program chairman for the Caucus, will be present.
Also in attendance will be N.C. Emergency Management officials, members of Gov. Roy Cooper’s Hurricane Matthew Recovery Team, state Golden LEAF Foundation staff, housing specialists, and representatives of other agencies and organizations involved in hurricane recovery. They will be on hand to answer questions, solve problems, and provide updates on Matthew recovery efforts.
Pierce, a former chairman of the N.C. Legislative Black Caucus, said he wants to make sure that state money is getting to where it needs to go.
“I want to make sure that every citizen feels that they have received enough so that they can get their life back in order,” he said. “I want to know if there are any lingering concerns.”
Both Pierce and Graham have recently been appointed to a House committee tasked with studying hurricane recovery and flood preparedness statewide.
Bob Shiles can be reached at 910-416-5165.