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'I just want to cry': Rocky Point residents return to their flood-ravaged homes

Updated: Sep. 21, 2018 at 5:58 PM EDT
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Wayne Benson has had to helplessly watch the waters of Harrison Creek rise – taking over dozens...
Wayne Benson has had to helplessly watch the waters of Harrison Creek rise – taking over dozens of new homes in this Rocky Point Neighborhood. (Source: WECT)
(Source: WECT)
(Source: WECT)

ROCKY POINT, NC (WECT) - Wayne Benson has had to helplessly watch the waters of Harrison Creek rise – taking over dozens of new homes in this Rocky Point Neighborhood.

"I can't sleep," he said Friday. "You don't know what it is going to do. You see your friends, and their houses under water it's hard. It's always in the back of your mind when you are trying to sleep, so, it's been tough."

Neighbor Samantha Harvey last saw her house when she fled it on Saturday as the floodwaters were quickly taking over her home.

"We did a mad dash, and we threw everything upstairs that we could," says Harvey. "We made the decision to leave immediately."

She, her husband, and three dogs evacuated. When they departed only a few inches of water were inside the house. It's their first home, they had just moved into it in June. But now, several days after fleeing for safety, she returns to see the damage. And the fact it takes a boat to get to her quiet cul-de-sac is scary enough.

A short walk confirms her worst fears. The house is six to eight feet underwater.

"I was hoping some things would be salvageable," Harvey explains, "But I'm realizing now that they aren't going to be. My heart is pounding and I just want to cry."

And while the pain starts to set in for the Harvey family, down the street the compassion and fear of a similar fate looms heavy.

While it now it does seem like Harrison Creek has crested and water levels are starting to fall, it is of little consolation to the people who have to watch it move out so slowly, before they can get back to their homes and pick up the pieces of what remains.

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