Cross Creek community plagued by flood brings neighborhood together

Cross Creek community plagued by flood brings neighborhood together
The Cross Creek neighborhood in Hamstead has been plagued with significant flooding. 

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Nearly a full week after Hurricane Florence much of Southeastern North Carolina remains underwater.

In many places, the water continues to rise and is forcing more people from their homes.

The Cross Creek neighborhood in Hamstead has been plagued with significant flooding.

Dozens of houses are flooded with water as high as the windows. The only way to get back into the community is by boat, and that is at the risk of hitting mail boxes or street signs.

Still, members of the community aren't giving up hope.

"Half the people in here didn't know eachother," said Greg Lovell, a resident in the neighborhood. "Now we stop five or six times a day making sure everybody's okay."

Neighbors are wanting to know when the water is going to stop rising.

"I'm just taking it one day at a time," said Brandon Citrelli, a resident. "We are winging this."

Community members have been assisted by 50 stars search and rescue, and are trying to make sure everybody makes it out of their house safely.

"To come here and get the support that we have been given makes it worth it to risk it," said Taylor Fontenot, a Hurricane rescue relief volunteer.

Despite the damage and rising water, the neighborhood continues to push forward.

"We're not going to give up," said Lovell. "It's never going to be too much."