LUMBERTON, N.C. -- A $162,000 grant will help officials at the regional airport study some possible problems with its storm water drainage system.
The manager of the Lumberton Regional Airport tells us that it was built in the 1940s and that its drainage system may be outdated. Although the airport remained open during both Hurricane Florence and Matthew, major flooding from both storms happened very close to the airport's location.
If a future storm shut down the airport, that would prevent it from being a drop off point to get in needed supplies.
"During Matthew and Florence, Florence specifically, the airport itself, we flew in five to seven tons worth of equipment and resources every single day after the flooding. And that was flood, diapers, medical equipment,” said Troy Gammon, the airport's manager.
The facility is also planning for an upgrade to its terminal as well.