Shavertown Native Flees Hurricane Florence

September 15, 2018

Shavertown native Sandra Sax Shaver fled Lumberton, North Carolina, earlier this week to escape the wrath of Hurricane Florence.

Her husband, a Meshoppen native, and her son decided to stay at their home.

“They want to stay there so our place is protected. They are a lot braver than us,” Shaver said. “They let us ladies come up north.”

Shaver, 60, and two of her granddaughters are staying with another son in Lansdale, Montgomery County.

Her family stayed home in 2016 when Hurricane Matthew ravaged Lumberton, which is about 80 miles off the coast. They lost power for weeks and had no internet or television service.

Donald Trump, then a Republican candidate for president, visited her town to bring supplies to victims.

Jim Cantore, of the Weather Channel, also came to town. Shaver said she had no idea either were in her area until she got phone calls from relatives.

“I said, ‘If Jim comes to town, we’re in trouble,’” Shaver recalled.

Due to bad flooding and so many trees down in her area, they couldn’t leave their house.

She presumes Hurricane Florence will be worse. Power to the area was already knocked out by 9:30 a.m. Friday.

“We took a hit with Matthew. That was bad enough,” Shaver said. “This one here is too big of a monster to stay around.”

Shaver said bad weather in Northeast Pennsylvania was the reason they moved to North Carolina 14 years ago.

“We got tired of dealing with the snow and the ice — the slip-sliding to work and slip-sliding coming home,” Shaver said.

The family went grocery shopping days before she left so her husband and son could have some food and supplies while they rode out the hurricane.

“There was no water. We got the last gallon of milk. The bread was gone,” she recalled.

While she’ll be safe in Pennsylvania, Shaver said she’ll be worrying about her husband and son.

“I am worried they could get severely hurt if a tree comes down on the house,” she said. “That’s why they sent me away. I came up here for safety.”

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