New Bern homeowners experiencing basement flooding

NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) – Flooding on roads in New Bern isn’t the only thing people are worried about. Homeowners are experiencing two to three inches of water in their basements.

Larry Rosenstraugh has lived in his riverfront home for about a year. He says you take the good with the bad when living near the water.

“We are watching the water rise and I have been counting bricks on my house. Yesterday it was one brick, yesterday evening it was two bricks and today we are up to three bricks. It’s time to move the lawn mower up to the patio.”

Rosenstruagh has high spirits even though his basement and yard is completely flooded.

“We are going to wait for the water to go down and get out the world’s biggest rake and see if we can get rid of some seaweed that’s in our yard and then we will see what kind of cardboard is in our basement that got damaged, but we are pretty lucky.”

Neighbors down the street say they are fortunate to own a Billy’s Pump.

“That pumps the water out when it reaches a certain level. It comes on when the water is high in the basement. It’s the only way you can keep it a basement dry so we are fortunate to have it,” said Vinson Bowers.

Bowers says if he didn’t have the pump there would be at least three inches of water in his basement.

“We can deal with the high waters; it just takes time to go away. It’s a little bit of a nuisance but it’s part of the trade off for the beautiful area,” explained Bowers.

Neighbors all seem to agree that New Bern is the place to live rain or shine.

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