Falling tree narrowly misses Duplin Co. resident’s home


KENANSVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – As the flooding continues to go down in Duplin County, residents are starting the tedious process of cleaning up their homes.

One Duplin resident said she count herself lucky.

“I am a blessed lady; double blessed; triple blessed,” said Shelby Kelly,

During the storm, a pine tree narrowly missed falling on her home.

“The wind kept blowing and blowing and blowing,” Kelly said. “It did it for a while…a right good while. I saw that big tree laying out there and I said ‘Oh my Lord.”

The tree even took out the power line in front of her home.

As part of the clean-up process, Duplin County environmental health supervisor Johnny Summerlin said it’s important to test well water in places where the flooding rose past their water pumps.

“If the well head is submerged, you have the potential that the contaminated water could go into the well,” Summerlin said. “So that’s when you’d want to be concerned about sampling because you may have bacteria or something introduced into your well system.”

County health officials will collect your water and tested it for E. coli, but it does come at a small fee.

Kelly said cleaning up wouldn’t have been possible without her family and neighbors.

She is just glad that her house of many years was spared.

“It could have been worse,” Kelly said. “Mostly, I’m just glad we got that good rain.”

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