WINDSOR, N.C. (WNCT) – For the second time in just over two weeks, the Cashie River has overflowed its banks flooding downtown Windsor in Bertie County.
Last month, the small town saw 17 inches of rain. More than 25 roads are closed across Bertie county and more than 100 families have evacuated to shelters.
In Windsor the worst of the flooding is over but the clean-up is just getting started.
9 On Your Side talked with many people Tuesday who are simply trying to make it through another day.
“Just a lot of water,” commented Patsy Conner, 30 year Windsor resident. “A lot of water.”
As water levels along the Cashie River recede, people in Windsor are just starting to come to grips with their second major flood in three weeks. Eddie and Patsy Conner have been busy pumping flood water away from their South Queen Street home.
“Mud and then underneath the house, of course, the duct work and the heating systems, we have two, one on each side,” they explained. “We have to replace all that as soon as we can get this water out of the yard.”
Just a few blocks away, the Hoggards, who were evacuated over the weekend, were back for the first time to assess the damage.
“It got up to the bottom of the floor in the house, just a little different height that we didn’t get it on top of the floor,” said Robert Hoggard, 40 year Windsor resident. “But it’s underneath. We had to tear out all the duct work and have to replace it.”
Next door, their son’s home fared much worse. Water was several inches deep inside the house, meaning he’ll have a much longer road to recovery. That goes for others in their neighborhood too.
“Some of my neighbors got flooded and they had to tear out the carpet and the floor and part of the wall too,” said Hoggard.
While many are simply beside themselves, they’re also helping each other and trying their best to stay positive. Patsy Conner said it best.
“A little sunshine sure is making me smile,” said Patsy Conner, 30 year Windsor residents. “Take heart, we’re gonna be fine eventually. We’re gonna make it through this.”
While Conner is trying to stay positive, 9 On Your Side talked with several others today that are frustrated. And their frustrations all seem to centered around the Cashie River bridge.
Many residents 9 On Your Side talked to said it almost acts like a dam backing up the water into parts of town.
Hoggard was back at his home for the first time Tuesday to check out the damage. Here’s what he said about the Cashie River Bridge, “The bridge is the same height but they didn’t widen it any, didn’t raise it up any. No more water can get through it than it could years ago.”
He’s referring to a project a few years ago to rebuild the bridge.
It’ll be interesting to see what happens in the weeks and months to come. For now, residents are just starting the long process to clean up from both of the floods.
It will likely be quite some time before things are back to normal.