NEWTON GROVE —Mayor Gerald Darden and other government leaders are breathing a little easier today, after being able to report that the town’s water and sewer systems are now functional.
It was one of several issues members of the town had to deal with during Hurricane Matthew.
“We are in great shape in Newton Grove,” Darden attested mid-week. He reported that pumping stations were on track late Tuesday evening and that power was restored by Duke Energy on the same day.
“The guys did a great job getting us back online,” he stressed. “I can’t say enough about those guys.”
Newton Grove had clean water following the storm, but access was limited because of station issues.
Darden said he is thankful that matters are getting better throughout town almost daily now. “We still got some issues, but overall, we’re in good shape right now,” the mayor pointed out.
He expressed gratitude by thanking Duke Energy, Sampson County officials, town employees and emergency personnel throughout the area, such as firemen and police officials. “Thank you everybody for assisting us,” he said.
During his remarks, Darden was also thoughtful about problems in the southern end of the county.
“I sympathize with those people,” he said, about folks living in the Garland area, as well as throughout the southern end of the county. “They’re going through a lot.”
Due to the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, a town Board of Commissioners meeting planned for for Monday, Oct. 10, has been rescheduled to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17
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