A U-Haul truck backs up to the ramp in front of Barber Law and the family and friends of Attorney Tonya Barber begin to load it with the furniture that she moved in just over three months ago.
Barber left her job as a magistrate to open her own private practice on June 1. In a little over an hour, her office was packed into a truck and driven to a location where should be safe from Hurricane Florence.
When she moved into the office that was once home to the Boy Scouts of America, Tuscarora Council she knew the location had flooded during Hurricane Matthew.
“I knew it was in a flood zone, but here I was thinking ‘What are the chances?’” Barber said.
On Monday, she posted a request on Facebook asking for help to move out of the office.
She even attempted to bribe people with snacks, jokingly saying if she could find any.
“That’s when the owner of Brewmasters contacted me and said that they’d provide food for all of my volunteers,” said Barber.
She had a lot of people offer to help, and by Wednesday afternoon, help was on the way.
“I feel like our community comes together in times of need and I hope that spirit continues through whatever might come,” she said.
She also expressed her respect for hurricanes but until last year, she never believed that she would ever be affected.
She and her wife, Kelly, were in the nursery with their 2-month-old son Jaxon during Hurricane Matthew when a tree fell on their house.
“Now I realize that you have to prepare,” Barber said. “You can’t prepare for trees, but you can prepare for flood and that’s exactly where I am with my office.”
Barber acknowledges that her office could get flooded, and plans to move back in to continue to serve her clients.
“If that’s the worst for me, I will certainly be blessed," she said. "I know there are plenty of people who will lose their homes and still aren’t in their homes from Matthew.”