News Releases

Florence Update: Preliminary County Damage Assessment at $31 Million

Sep 26, 2018

Cumberland County has completed its preliminary Hurricane Florence damage assessment for the unincorporated areas and the six smaller towns within the county. The total estimated loss is $31.1 million and does not include damages in Fayetteville, Hope Mills or Spring Lake.

A total of 731 residential structures were damaged for estimated loss of $28,119,667. 

  • 76 were destroyed.
  • 71 had major damage, which is defined as currently uninhabitable and extensive repairs are needed to make them habitable.
  • 382 had minor damage
  • 202 were affected

A total of 16 commercial structures were damaged for an estimated loss of $2,984,260.

Shelter Update

The Red Cross reports there are 124 people remaining in the Smith Recreation Center shelter.

Important Debris Removal Reminders

Cumberland County has contracted for storm debris removal services along state-maintained roads in the unincorporated areas of the county. FEMA restricts debris contractors from collecting debris from private streets.

Residents are advised not to bag debris when they place separated piles on the right of way. The contractor will not pick up bagged debris.

If you live in the unincorporated areas, call the automated Debris Removal Reporting Line at 910-438-4044 and visit the county’s website at for more information and to view a chart on how to separate items.

Disaster Food Stamps
Starting Friday, Cumberland County residents can apply for disaster nutrition assistance through the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP), better known as “Disaster Food Stamps.” Applications will be taken at the DSS building at 1225 Ramsey Street beginning Friday, Sept. 28, through Saturday, Sept. 29, and Monday, Oct. 1, through Saturday, Oct. 6. Hours will be from 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day. No applications will be taken on Sunday.

Applications for residents who are age 60 and older and any individuals who are disabled with mobility issues will be taken at St. Luke AME Church located at 522 Hillsboro Street, Fayetteville. The days and hours will be the same as the DSS location: Friday, Sept. 28 - Saturday, Sept. 29; and Monday, Oct. 1 - Saturday, Oct. 6 from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

D-SNAP is for households that don’t already receive food stamp benefits. Residents may qualify for assistance for a one-month period if their home was damaged or destroyed or they have disaster related expenses, or they lost income or had food loss because of a power outage or household flooding resulting from Hurricane Florence.  Eligibility is based on available income and resources. D-SNAP uses different standards than normal food stamp benefits, so households that don’t normally qualify for food stamps may qualify for D-SNAP if disaster-related expenses have been incurred.