McCrory says death toll from Hurricane Matthew rises to 28

A car in a yard along Cedar Lane, is partially submerged in floodwaters from the rain of Hurricane Matthew, Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, in Kinston, N.C. (Zach Frailey/Daily Free Press via AP)
A car in a yard along Cedar Lane, is partially submerged in floodwaters from the rain of Hurricane Matthew, Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, in Kinston, N.C. (Zach Frailey/Daily Free Press via AP)

LUMBERTON, N.C. (WNCN/AP) – Gov. Pat McCrory said North Carolina’s death toll following Hurricane Matthew is now 28.

McCrory told a briefing Thursday that a man from the community of Kinston has died from injuries he sustained in the storm earlier this month. He didn’t elaborate.

Speaking in the hard-hit community of Lumberton, McCrory added that all rivers that overflowed their banks in the days after Matthew’s passage have receded. But McCrory noted that some 200 people in one county, Robeson, remain in shelters because of flood damage.

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A total of 23,000 students will finally return to class in Robeson County Monday. Thursday was the first day in three weeks teachers were able to access their classrooms.

While visiting West Lumberton Elementary, Governor McCrory said officials are working to determine if schools damaged by floodwaters can be restored or if they’ll have to be demolished.

The elementary school suffered devastating damage from flood waters. Computer equipment, classroom furniture and most of the building sustained damage.

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Teachers are working to track down many of their students who were displaced by flooding.

“A lot of families you can’t get in contact with. Can’t find half of them. We’ve located some of them but not all, we’ve been through neighborhoods but our neighborhoods are disaster so there’s no one at those homes so,” teacher Tammy Maynor told WAVY sister station WNCN.

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Maynor is just one of four teachers at West Lumberton who lost their homes and vehicles in the flood.

When school resumes Monday, students from West Lumberton will have class at Lumberton Junior High School.

McCrory also toured the Lumberton water treatment plant and Sandy Grove Baptist Church. The governor said he wants to ensure this area stay top of mind for disaster relief assistance.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.