NC community still drying out from last round of flooding as Matthew menaces

Lower Little River (Source: CBS North Carolina)
Lower Little River (Source: CBS North Carolina)

SPRING LAKE, N.C. (WNCN) — As local communities and residents prepare for Hurricane Matthew, many areas are still recuperating from last week’s flood damage.

The Little River in Spring Lake crested at 31 feet, setting a record. At least 50 people were evacuated from their homes in Spring Lake last week as rose.

Some of the most significant damage was seen at a historic Spring Lake Church.

Church of the Covenant Presbyterian sits right on the banks of Lower Little River in Spring Lake.
This past Thursday, as seen here, flood waters covered the church parking lot and extended some 200 feet into the road.

“When I came over on Friday Morning, it was amazing to see what had been done,” said Floyd Benfield, the chuch pastor.

The church sustained more than $50,000 in damage, he said, including the loss of four outdoor heating-and-air-conditioning units.

Nearly two feet of water got inside the church’s educational building, where dehumidifiers are still working to dry out the moisture. Several rooms remain in shambles; office equipment, furniture and carpet was destroyed.

“God’s in the reclaiming and rebuilding business,” Benfield said. “We just feel we were blessed. It could have been a whole lot worse”

While the impact of Hurricane Matthew is uncertain, at the very least Spring Lake officials anticipate possible power outages and fallen trees. Benfield says his membership has strong faith.

“Not a fear, God says he’ll be with us regardless of what takes place so we trust that,” he said.

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