KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – It is déjà vu at one park in Kinston as dozens of volunteers and staffers take to the grounds of the Neuseway Nature Park to clean up what hurricane Matthew left behind.
The center was damaged during hurricane Floyd and now they’re rebuilding once again.
Adrian King worked with the Kinston and Lenoir County Parks and Rec Department to organize a clean-up.
“This park is the most popular park in the county over 100-thousand people come here every year,” said King.
The Neuseway nature park spent almost a week underwater. Saturday marks day one of clean up
11-year old Lexi Connolly said she comes to this park all the time so she wanted to help.
“I usually go here a lot so it’s hard to see it like this,” Connolly said
Volunteers like Debbie Chused, takes her grandchildren to the observatory all the time. She said it is sad to see what nature has done to a great facility.
Director of Parks and Rec Bill Ellis said after Floyd they made improvements to the buildings in case of another flood.
“We’ve tried to make some of our building flood resistance,” said Ellis. “But when water gets as high as this flood resistance doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t have problems.”
Ellis added, “Now it’s just a matter of pressure washing the buildings getting out of the wet shoot rock and installation out start letting things just dry out.”
Volunteers of all shapes, sizes and locations came to help.
Analisa Dawson came all the way from Holbrook, Arizona.
She said this was her first flood clean up, “Honestly my first reaction was to pull out my camera because I was like this is crazy. I’ve never seen anything like this my family is not going to believe it.”
Even with preparations and help cleaning up restoring the nature park to what it was, Ellis said it will not be cheap, “Probably somewhere in the neighborhood of 25 to 30,000 dollars total.”
Director Ellis estimates that with volunteer help the nature park will be back up and running in 60 to 90 days.