Lumberton, N.C., is a city of nearly 22,000 people in Robeson County, along the Lumber River in southern North Carolina. Among the city’s attractions is the Lumber River State Park, capitalizing on the proximity to the waterway. Hurricane Matthew destroyed about 400 homes out of more than 8,500 housing units.
On Oct. 9, 2016, the river rose to 11 feet above flood stage, four feet higher than previously recorded. This led to the evacuation of thousands and the rescue of several hundred in the wake of the event.
The North Carolina State University College of design proposed multiple housing types for relocation, elevation and further protection of future structures in town, as well as greenspace designation, through the Homeplace document.