NEW BERN (WNCT) – First Union Point Park in New Bern was underwater Saturday and just a couple blocks away on Front Street, parts of the road washed away.
Residents were out in the town earlier in the day, but Laura Wilson of Bridgeton said she could tell rising waters were about to get worse.
“You can see the water is already coming up to the front of the road,” Wilson said. “So considering that a lot of the rain hasn’t really hit us yet, it is a little concerning with how much flood we’ve had so quickly.”
Jack Deacon lives in New Bern, but his house is on higher ground.
“The river is coming up pretty good,” said Deacon. “I don’t live down here, so I don’t have to worry my house is up high.”
However, many residents were still out in the weather like it was a normal day, and they said that flooding is nothing new.
“We’ve lived here our whole lives and been through a lot of hurricane, so it just seemed like another storm to us; not quite scared yet,” said Cove City resident Katy Chadwick.
Residents said certain areas usually flood after a large rain event, so nothing too overwhelming just yet.
There are multiple swift water response teams in place just in case they’re needed.
Some members of the National Guard are also in the area.