GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT) – Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas announced some areas in the city are no longer under a mandatory evacuation.
On Saturday, he said all areas south of the Tar River between First and Willow Streets are open.
Like many evacuees, Anthony Lowman left his house and many of his belongings, unsure of what would be there when he returned.
“I’ve seen what flood waters can do. So it was just pack up, and move out,” said Lowman.
On Saturday, Lowman returned to his home, left untouched by the Tar River.
The Tar River never reached many properties in the mandatory evacuation zone, including Rebekah Crot and Carter Dodson’s home.
“He was saying me moved all our stuff out for no reason, but better safe than sorry,” said Crot. “It’s better to move it all out and not have anything damaged.”
Now, the process of moving back in begins for many.
“We’ll be starting back up in the next couple of days, getting the couches in, and getting stuff that we can move ourselves,” said Dodson.
Bringing back valuables and essentials is the first step for some.
“I was excited,” said resident Michael Perry. “Finally I can come back to my own place, I wasn’t having to sleep on people’s couches anymore.”
As more areas are deemed safe, more people will be able to come home.
Lowman is glad his home was left undamaged, but said that’s just one of many blessings.
“I’m thankful that it didn’t get this far, it didn’t get to my house, and I still have everything, but life is more important than things.”