WINDSOR, N.C. (WNCN) – The state of emergency has expired for 11 counties in eastern North Carolina and the waters have receded. Now, residents are left to cleanup.
Governor Pat McCrory started his tour of flooded areas in Bertie County at a Colerain neighborhood.
Residents said that during the high waters a neighbor had to be rescued by boat for a medical emergency.
Homeowner Rev. Gail Perry McNeil says the governor is a little late visiting, but the attention is better late than never.
“For Colerain to get some attention, we are happy. And that’s why we are turned out here today to see him,” said McNeil.
The governor’s second stop was at Powell and Stokes, maker of Bertie County Peanuts. Not only were crops damaged, but a warehouse was flooded by nearly 17 inches of water.
“These folks have worked hard all year to make a living and some of the living is gone now,” said Steve Troxler, NC State Commissioner of Agriculture.
Businesses in downtown Windsor were hit even worse with three or four feet of flooding. Some businesses are now closed for good. The state has spent $250,000 so far in response and officials promise to do more.
“We’ve got to test some of the water in and around these neighborhoods and frankly we’ve probably got some, even some environmental concerns right here in Windsor because we’ve had some very, very dirty enter our neighborhoods and our streets in the town of Windsor and we’ve got to make sure there’s sufficient cleaning,” said Gov. McCrory.
There’s much work to be done here and Gov. McCrory said over and over during his tour that he does not want the communities to be overlooked. He’s promising residents help in some cases within the next week.