Evacuated Greenville residents hope to return home soon


GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Yashika Wise moved her family from their Greenville home, which was in an evacuation zone, to a hotel almost a week ago.

“I don’t like it,” said Wise. “Moving from one place to another place just to see if the water’s going to come. If the water’s not going to come, like I’m just ready to get back home.”

Though she lives in an evacuation zone, water is not quite reaching her home.

“Since it’s not coming this way and it’s just on that side…I feel like they should just let us come back,” Wise said.

Some residents may be able to do just that, according to Greenville Police Department Chief Mark Holtzman.

“We are assessing all the areas north and south of the river that stayed dry, and we are going to redraw those evacuations lines,” Holtzman said. “We are going to shrink that area and get some people back into those areas that were not affected.”

Pitt County resident William Gibbs decided to move back early.

“We checked with some people who did not evacuate, and they told us that the water had not reached our home, and it looked like it was not going to,” said Gibbs.

Now he’s back home and starting the cleaning process.

Wise hopes she’ll be able to go back soon and said she can already taste the first meal she will cook.

“I’m thinking about lasagna,” Wise said.

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