WINDSOR, N.C. (WNCT) – Thursday afternoon, Governor Pat McCrory issued a state of emergency for Bertie County.
In Windsor, some areas are seeing over a foot of standing water.
WNCT’s Zora Stephenson rode along with rescue crews. They have already picked up about sixty people from their homes.
This type of flooding isn’t new for Bertie County residents. Lots of them remember what Hurricane Floyd did back in 1999.
But just because they’ve seen water like this before doesn’t make it any easier.
“Sad, it’s saddening, really saddening,” commented Jimmy Riddick, flood victim.
A week of rainfall in Bertie County resulted in an overflowing river, homes under water, and blocked off roads.
Rescue workers said the water was about 5 to six feet deep in certain spots. It’s prompted backup from all over the North Carolina. Dozens of people have been rescued from their homes. They’ve worked tirelessly for the past twelve hours rescuing people from their homes.
While Jimmy Riddick wants out of the water, some are trying to figure out how they’ll get through the flood.
“I don’t worry about my house because it’s underwater because my house sits up very high, but it’s just, I need to get home, get my personal belongings,” explained James Allen, Bertie County resident.
And others can’t believe the damage this flood has caused.
Many people have lived through three Bertie County floods. And it may not be the last.
What’s surprising is a lot of people don’t want to leave their homes. The rescue squads said they’ve had multiple people turn them down.
Right now, there isn’t a mandatory evacuation.