ECU students return to Greenville, some still under mandatory evacuation

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Among those hoping to return to a sense of normalcy following the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew is thousands of ECU students.

ECU closed its doors for a week due to flooding across Greenville. Classes are expected to resume Tuesday.

The university asked students not to return to Greenville until Sunday afternoon, so now many are slowly making their way back to campus despite some road closures.

Many students live in areas that were under mandatory evacuations and didn’t know what to expect coming back to Greenville. Unfortunately, some still have to deal with standing water in their neighborhoods, keeping them from returning to normalcy after a long fall break.

Evacuation orders have been lifted for some student complexes but not all.

To help, ECU is looking into other housing options like putting some students in dorms. They’ve also encouraged students to look at hotels and Pitt County shelters.

ECU asked students not to return to Greenville until Sunday afternoon. Some WNCT spoke with say they’re glad they were prepared for the worst.

“We were just really glad obviously and you know he was saying we moved all of our stuff out for no reason but better safe than sorry. You know it’s better to move it all out and not have anything to damage than to possibly have it come up here,” said ECU student Rebekah Crot.

The university is also opening a Disaster Recovery Center to aid students and employees impacted.

Some students returning this weekend say this week, they’ll be trying to get back on track.

“Getting the couches in and getting the stuff that we can move ourselves. The biggest thing for us is sleeping because we’ve been sleeping on a futon with a couple cats…. And honestly, we’re still really fortunate because I know people on the other side of the river and people that have far worse scenarios than we do so we’re thankful,” said ECU student Carter Dodson.

Any student who had plans to fly into Pitt-Greenville Airport is asked to contact ECU transit as the airport remains closed.

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