Many Lenoir County residents await fate of home & belongings following Matthew


KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – In Lenoir County many roads are still blocked off, causing several people to stay away from their homes.

The sun is out the skies are clear on Sunday but for many people affected by flooding in Lenoir county, they may face gloomy days ahead.

They said Floyd was a 500 year flood. Judy Carey said they didn’t take this one seriously enough.

“We were preparing half-heartedly but at the same time we thought that we were gonna miss this one and we definitely didn’t,” said Carey

This time around, the Neuse River didn’t hold back.

After almost a week the water has crested.

Carey has documented the water levels at Tiffany West Park over the past few days.

“The roadway over here is dry whereas day before yesterday, it was wet and the river has come down,” she explained.

Many still won’t see their home again for many weeks to come so they are playing the waiting game.

Waiting for help, answers, or a miracle.

“I don’t think there is a whole lot we can do until the river cooperates and it goes down to even a moderate flood level,” said Carey

The Neuse River at Kinston is expected to drop below major flood stage by Wednesday morning.

Law enforcement urges people to behind the barricades for their own safety as there may be danger under the water.

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