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Black River neighbors return home after mandatory evacuation

Some neighbors faced flooding damage when they returned home Monday. (Source: WECT) Some neighbors faced flooding damage when they returned home Monday. (Source: WECT)
PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) -

Neighbors began to return home Monday after a mandatory evacuation in the Black River basin area was lifted.

For many, it was the first time they saw what effect Hurricane Matthew had left on their home.

One homeowner, Patricia Smith Busby, said she was lucky enough to not have any damage to her house even though her street was flooded.

“I didn’t want to leave my house,” Smith Busby said. “I’m very fortunate, we are. My heart goes out to many others that are not.”

Just 20 minutes away, another resident says her home is still underwater.

“I still can’t get to my home because of the water on both sides so I don’t know the condition of my house,” Teresa Coleman, resident, said. “I don’t know anything. All they said was it was underwater. I can’t see anything down there.”

Coleman is staying with friends until she can return home, but they are dealing with flooded yards.

She said crews told her she may be able to get to her house Friday or Saturday.

Coleman worried about family heirlooms left inside, but said she still feels blessed.

“I just thank the Lord that my neighbors, they’re still alive,” Coleman said. “They got out and they have lost everything they’ve got, all of us probably. But we thank God we’re living and we’re safe. That’s all I can say.”

The evacuation had been in place since Oct. 11.

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