Pactolus family displaced by flooding must travel across Pitt Co. for son’s school

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – One Pitt County home has all the characteristics of a house, but if you take a step back and maybe even go inside, it hardly resembles a home.

“We don’t have a house right now,” said Christina Smith, the owner. “Not that we can live in.”

Six inches of water were in Christina Smith’s Pactolus home, rendering it unsafe to live in and forcing the family to start over. They’re staying with family near Vanceboro, but their 10-year-old son goes to school near their permanent home in Pactolus, meaning they now travel more than 60 miles a day total to and from the school.

“Sometimes (the drive) takes 30-35 minutes,” said Smith.

The entire situation takes a toll on the Smiths’ youngest child.

“He wants to be home for Christmas,” said Smith. “That’s all he wants.”

The Smiths are down to their last drop when it comes to money, but some of the load has been lifted thanks to N.C. Baptist Men Disaster Relief.

“We’re out here today to get this house squared away and dried out where she’ll be able to get back in,” said Craig Shearon, who works with the organization.

The goal is to get the Smith family back home for the holidays.

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