NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) – What a difference a day makes at Union Point Park. Water levels that stood nearly a foot deep Monday are only near an inch Tuesday.
“When I came down here yesterday, where we’re standing now would’ve been underwater. I’m shocked how at far out the water’s gone back down and I’m actually glad to be able to come across to drawbridge,” local Jeremy Insetta said.
The bridge leading into downtown is back open after NCDOT shut it down Monday thanks to water spilling from the park into the roads.
“The wind makes it go really far and I don’t know why it does that but it’s bad,” 6-year-old Amelia said.
She says she’s excited to see this water park turn back into a park.
“Isn’t that where you normally swing on the swings? Yeah. Yeah look at all those ducks,” Amelia’s mother Tracy Fritcsche said.
Many areas, like Union Point Park, remain closed because of standing water. Now, they begin the road to recovery.
“Just a little bit of water on our streets is not so bad,” Fritsche said.
“I think the people here are very fortunate that the water stayed as low as it did,” Insetta said.
Despite signs of improvement, the city still has extra emergency personnel and utility crews on standby Tuesday just to be safe. The receding water here is giving hope to many waterlogged people throughout the East.
Union Point Park is completely flooded as the Neuse River has taken over.
“I haven’t really seen it like this probably since Floyd,” said Wayne Barnett, local. He’s lived in New Bern for 26 years.
Barnett says this is only the second time he’s seen flooding this bad. He wanted to show his grandson what he calls historic flooding. “He’s never seen it like this before and we’re both out of school today so we just decided to ride around and see all the water.”
Water turned a picnic table into a bird bath. And a swing into a floating seat.
“Probably for him maybe once in a lifetime,” commented Barnett. “It just doesn’t get like this hardly.”
Other locals say this proves they need to be better prepared.
“I love New Bern, but the city really needs to do something about this cause if that category 4 had hit here, this city would be gone,” said Alfred Jones, local.
One thing they can all agree on, it’s time for things to dry up.
“I’m ready for it to be over with,” said Barnett. “I got a boat sitting on dry land and I’m ready to get out and do some fishing.”
The flooding is so bad, it’s been going into the road across the street leaving folks wondering how they’ll ever clean up.