We deeply appreciate all the emails and phone calls asking about the teams affected by Hurricane Florence. As far as we can tell, all of the students and their families are safe and well. However, many are still unable to fully assess any damage the storm has caused. Until they are allowed back into their communities and buildings, we won't know the full extent of the challenges these teams will now face to rebuild.
The pictures that we have been able to capture show the extent of the flooding. This shows the storm as it hit Swansboro, home for FRC Team 3336 Zimanators. The next shows the flooding about 2 miles from the high school where the team meets and builds their robot each season.
No one was prepared for the flooding in Laurinburg, NC in Scotland County, home for FRC 7029 Scotbotics, a rookie last season. This picture. about a mile from the high school, shows before and after.
There are 10 high school robotics teams impacted by this storm with flooding:
FRC 3336 Zimanators - Swansboro (Onslow County)FRC 3661 RoboWolves - Wadesboro (Anson County)FRC 4534 Wired Wizards - Wilmington (New Hanover County)FRC 6214 PHEnix - Burgaw (Pender County)FRC 6512 Robonauts - Bolivia (Brunswick County)FRC 6565 Team Bobcat - Arapahoe (Pamlico County)FRC 6729 RobCoBots - Lumberton (Robeson County)FRC 7029 Scotbotics - Laurinburg (Scotland County)FRC 7265 Topsail Pirates - Hampstead (Pender County)FRC 7270 Patriots - Burgaw (Pender County)
Many of you have asked, "How can I help?"
Thank you for asking! Please consider making a donation to our Hurricane Florence Robot Rescue fund. 100% of all donations received will be to support these teams as they regroup and rebuild. Once we compile a list of specific tools and items that need to be replaced, we will post a wishlist for each team.
Thank you for your support and generosity!