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‘It’s so discouraging’: Rocky Point family returns to flooded out home

The high water mark inside the Harvey home is more than six feet high.
The high water mark inside the Harvey home is more than six feet high.(wect)
Updated: Sep. 27, 2018 at 4:01 PM EDT
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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - When WECT first met Nathan and Samantha Harvey on Friday, Sept. 21, they were making a mad dash to leave their home in the Harrison Creek community of Rocky Point.

“My heart is pounding, I don’t know what we will come back to,” said Samantha Harvey.

She and a dozen other neighbors watched as water from Island Creek and the Northeast Cape Fear river slowly inundated their dream homes.

Samantha and her husband were able to take a few looks at their home via boat, but on Thursday they entered their 3-month-old home for the first time since evacuating.

“Its very strange to walk by dead fish to come inside,” Harvey said. “It is so hard to see it this way, we have been researching how to clean it up, we knew it would be a mess but this is our home and our belongings just a mess. Its so discouraging.”

Nathan and Samantha Harvey get a first look at their Rocky point home flooded after Florence.
Nathan and Samantha Harvey get a first look at their Rocky point home flooded after Florence.
New hardwood floors are waterlogged and destroyed in Harrison Creek home.
New hardwood floors are waterlogged and destroyed in Harrison Creek home.(wect)

Upon entering the home, the first thing that hits you in the face is the dark brown water line, almost looking like paint, more than six feet up the walls. Brand new hardwood floors are buckled, doors are swollen, carpet puffy, furniture strewn about and a kitchen nearly unrecognizable.

“It’s really hard to see it in this state,” Harvey said.

One glimmer of home as she walks through her soggy living room: a wedding photo sitting just above the high water mark.

“Nathan our wedding photo is safe!” Samantha exclaimed to her husband. She added: “Most of the stuff in here including the walls are replaceable, but this is a memento that we cherish.”

The Harvey’s know they have a lot of work to do to get this home back in working order. They say they are relying on their friends, family and co-workers in this time of great need.

“This is the time in our lives we will honestly have to rely on other people, we need support, and we will get past this,” Harvey said.

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