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Ernesto Leaves its Mark on North Carolina

PENDER COUNTY -- North Carolina may have dodged a disaster, but Tropical Storm Ernesto still left its mark on the Tarheel State.

The storm turned many roads into rivers in Pender County.

Several roads in Burgaw were closed Friday because of standing water. Officials say the water cannot be pumped out, so it could be days before the roads are passable.

Eleven people in Willard, in Pender County, were evacuated because of rising water.

Officials say they should be able to go back home in a few days.

Front yards look like lakes in Rocky Point. Wilfred Nixon, a Rocky Point resident, says every time a storm passes through the area, his yard, garage and the crawl space under his home floods.

"What the problem is, is this ditch is over run with vegetation. Normally the vegetation is not there, but the ditch is too small for the body of water," Nixon says.

Nixon says all the water that should run through the ditch gets backed up in his yard. He says the county refuses to clean up the ditch. Nixon says all he can do is wait for the water to recede.

Reported by: Kacey Gaumer

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