GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — Friday, some ECU students got a look at their apartments for the first time since floodwaters rose.
Mark Matulewicz spent the week at home in Nags Head. Friday, he and his roommate returned to their Elm Street apartment, removing the sandbags in front of the door and getting a look inside.
They were relived to find that the river got close, but didn’t get into, their apartment.
“We were tracking the weather radar very closely, seeing when the river would be cresting and what not,” Matulewicz said.
ECU announced Friday that classes will resume Tuesday, but asked that students not return before Sunday afternoon.
The county’s schools — three of which are being used as shelters — also remain closed. The county’s superintendent of schools said that as long as the shelters are needed they’ll have priority. So far one shelter has been able to close because of dropping need.
Brianna Flores and 14 of her family members are staying at one of the shelters. They all live in the same neighborhood in Princeville, a town that’s been hit hard by flooding.
“Last night, I had a really hard breakdown,” she said. “I’m smiling in front of people trying to keep everybody calm. But, when it came to being along at night, I just couldn’t take it anymore.”
People are also helping those in need.
“The community comes together and supports each other and those that will need help the most once the actual recovery starts,” said Tim Corley at a site in Winterville where people were dropping off everything from clothing to cleaning supplies.
Students from ECU were among those helping get everything ready for distribution.
“It’s been amazing,” said Kristin Burgess. “You don’t really understand the true meaning of family, which is what we preach at ECU, until something like this happens.”