Bertie County braces for Matthew after recent flooding

WINDSOR, N.C. (WNCT) – As residents clean up from recent flooding in Bertie County, the prospect of Hurricane Matthew is raising concerns the community could flood again.

Bertie County resident Annette Jernigan is still trying to repair damages from September’s floods, and she said now she has to worry about Hurricane Matthew.

“It’s scary cause you don’t know what to move,” said Jernigan. “My washer and dryer are still in inside. I haven’t moved that out yet, and I still have a freezer in there.”

Windsor Mayor Jim Hoggard said the town met Wednesday morning to plan for the hurricane.

He said the main goal is to make sure the Cashie River does not overflow into the town, and crews are working to clean culverts and cut down tree limbs.

“After a storm event like we just had, there is a lot of debris around the pipes,” said Hoggard. “Culverts fill, and the ditches fill, and so we just want everything to flow as much as they can.”

Jernigan and her family moved out of their home and into a rental for the time being. She said she won’t start trying fix her home until Matthew is out of the picture.

“We are just hoping and praying it will scoot on out and leave us alone,” Jernigan said.

Business owners in Windsor feel the same way, and most shops remain closed as repairs are made.

Cheap Smokes owner Shenika Outlaw  lost thousands of dollars during the last flood.

“Over the recent years, we lost so much,” said Outlaw. “The previous hurricane impacted this town so much and just the thought of another one yet again is just very sad.”

Jernigan said if Hurricane Matthew hits Bertie County it will take months, maybe even longer, for her family to move back into their home and get back to normal.

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