Flooding prevents some Grifton residents from returning home

GRIFTON, N.C. (WNCT) – The past week has been so overwhelming for flood victim Linton Baker he can’t pinpoint the last time he went to his Grifton home.

“It makes me feel bad and sad,” Linton said.

Like so many others, the place he used to lay his head at night is now submerged and full of water.

“I got a whole lot of hours in it, a whole lot of time in it, a whole lot of money in it,” Baker said. “I just feel bad.”

Waters continue to rise in so many parts of Pitt County

“It’s heartbreaking,” said Jessie Powell, who lives in Grifton.

There are multiple feet of water off Port Terminal road, and parking lots are surrounded by river runoff.

While people want to check out the damage and return to their homes, Captain Tony Williams said it’s just not safe yet.

“If you drive in there it’s going to pull you in that ditch,” said Williams, referring to an affected area.

That’s why baker continues to live outside his Grifton home. He still doesn’t know what the inside looks like, but he is hoping for the best.

“No idea what I’ll find,” said Baker. “Might find a bunch of snakes. I don’t know. I hope not.”

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