Residents clean their homes after flooding

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The cleanup continues with the aid of sunshine following days of heavy rain in Eastern North Carolina.

People on Portside drive are cleaning up debris left from the storm. One homeowner says he even saw a few inches of water in his basement.

The heavy wind and rain caused flooding on Portside Drive and now residents are cleaning up what’s left from the storm.

“All the stuff around the flowers washed away so we had to get some pine straw and just clean up and the normal cleanup. It’s normal for down here. We love living down here so much we take the good with the bad,” said Garry Best.

Best and his wife have lived in this home for more than 10 years. After the flooding, he says the water surrounded their house leaving them stuck inside for three full days.

Best says when they know a storms coming, they use an elevator to keep their valuables on high grounds.

“We have shelves built and stuff and it’s very easy and it only takes about three to four hours and we are ready,” said Gary Best.

Others on Portside Drive are pressure washing their homes and putting their furniture back on their patios.

“It’s a lot of cleanup, a lot of effort. You have to wait for the ground to dry before you mow your grass and rake and you have dead fish and worms everywhere,” said Tom Randolf.

Randolf says it’s important to clean up as soon as the water subsides. He says to use toxic chemicals like Clorox to kill bacteria.


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