I just wanted to give you a little insight into what I have been dealing with the last couple of weeks.
Hurricane Matthew decided to hit our area and leave its mark.
It all started last Saturday October 8th. It started raining and just never let up. Then at around 6:00 pm Hurricane Matthew made it to Kinston, NC, I shot his video when it hit. We lost power around 6:15 pm shortly after it started and the rain and wind stayed with us for many hours. We had been told this storm was going to be a great one so be prepared. Having never been through a storm like this we didn't really know what to expect, but we were prepared as best we knew. We went to bed then that night with the hopes it would all be over. This is what we saw when we woke on Sunday.
The picture above is looking down our driveway. Our house sits on one of the highest lots in our neighborhood. The house below is across the street from us.
We live about 6 miles in the country from the City of Kinston. We have about 12 homes in our little community. This is the road leading to the some of the houses in our neighborhood. Once again, I was standing in our yard.
This picture below is the street in front of our house,
water as far as we could see.
The water receded enough that we could finally get out of our area on Monday afternoon. Since not having power this whole time, we did not know really how the City of Kinston had fared. So we drove into town just so we could get out of the house and check it out. It didn't look too bad! Lol
So we went back home to no electricity still, but we had some cleaning up to do and I was trying to prepare to go teach a rug hooking workshop in Virginia, leaving on Wednesday. My husband was able to get to work on Tuesday so I was packing up wool, drawing patterns while I had some daylight and I get a knock on the door. It was a local volunteer fireman going door to door telling everyone in out neighborhood we had to evacuate! WHAT? The water has all receded! The Neuse River was rising fast and we lived in the flood plan, so they were evacuating everyone in it. So I called my husband, who then came home from work and we moved as much as we could to the second level our home. Packed up our cars with enough clothes for a few days and loaded our two dogs and went to our friend's the Wilson's, who graciously opened their doors to us and our great friends and neighbors, who also have two dogs. The Wilson's also have two dogs, so there were six people and six dogs, it was a house full, but we were thankful we didn't have to go to a shelter.
So we were there waiting and watching all the news about Kinston and waiting for the Neuse River to reach it's crest and in hopes our houses would be spared.
Flood stage for the Neuse River is 14 feet and they were expecting the river to crest at 29 feet, a historical record. Well, it finally crested Friday night at 28.3 feet.
We were finally able to return to our home yesterday, Saturday the 15th of October, a week after it all began to a spared home and electricity. We are truly blessed and devastated for our community of Kinston. It will be years before we recover from this as a city.
Below is a picture from the air that a guy my husband worked with took.
Here a a few links if you are interested in seeing a few pictures of our city. We are a city of around 20,000 or so. The first one is a link from our paper as shows some incredible pictures, sorry it also has some annoying ads.
This is a video from a local television station:
Now it is time for our community to rebuilds, so keep us in your prayers and thought.