(TNS) – For more than a week before Hurricane Matthew’s Oct. 8 arrival in Robeson County, N.C.,staff at Southeastern Health were closely monitoring the storm’s uncertain path.
“The last prediction we had Friday was that we might see 5 to 6 inches of rain,” said Joann Anderson, president and CEO of Southeastern Health, which operates Lumberton’s Southeastern Regional Medical Center.
The hospital had been through storms before and has held emergency simulations. Officials knew they would likely lose power and would need to open a command center to oversee operations. As part of their emergency response plan, they keep 72 hours of food and equipment on hand as well as 48 to 96 hours of generator fuel.
“What we didn’t anticipate was the total impact of the hurricane itself,” Anderson said. “We didn’t anticipate 15 inches of rain. We didn’t anticipate a sustained period of flooding like we had to the magnitude that we had. We didn’t anticipate the number of trees that were going to be down and the fact that they would not only be down on power lines knocking out power, but also on roads and that the roads would be so significantly impacted by it.”
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