Several Kinston residents assess flood damage as waters start to recede

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – In Lenoir County, the Neuse River has crested, but that does not mean everyone can return home just yet.

Many homeowners in Kinston anxiously wait for the water to recede to find out the fate of their homes.

Sha’maria Fredrick is all smiles after seeing her house water free for the first time in almost a week.

“When I came out this morning I could get to my house,” said Fredrick. “The carpet probably messed up but as far as the furniture and stuff that’s ok. So I just thank God for that.”

Since the Neuse River has crested water, Lincoln Street has receded is some areas

“I don’t know where else I would be if I wasn’t here in this neighborhood because my home is here.”

Not everyone on this street shares that bliss.

Misty Sanders lives a few houses down; she can’t even get to her front doorstep. She said she is feeling all types of emotions. “Stressed upset teary-eyed…you know.”

She said she doesn’t know how to explain the damage to her kids.

“I’ll tell them let’s just wait and see what will happen you know from this point on, we can only hoppe that everything is going to work out for the best,” said Sanders

She said, if she had to do it all over again, she would take the warning more seriously

“I’m just naïve in the fact of that it could have happened to us you know. It happens to a lot of people but it never us. You never think it’s gonna be you,” explained Sanders

Both Sha’maria and Misty said they put their faith in God.

That faith is what brought Travis Fennessy from Raleigh to lend a helping a hand.

“As believers in Jesus we’re called to help people and to love people. Whoever that is and wherever that is we just want to be there,” said Fennessy

Sha’maria added, “They are so nice”

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