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Families pick up pieces after weekend flooding, sinkholes in Hampstead

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HAMPSTEAD, NC (WWAY) -- Flooding caused big problems for many people across the Cape Fear this weekend. That was the case especially for some in Pender County, where the rain flooded both cars and homes in Hampstead.

Today neighbors are trying to figure out if and when the problems can be fixed.

Water rushed into several Plantation Point homes Saturday, damaging the first level. Resident Zina Mastros has lived in the complex for more than 30 years. She says this is not the first time this has happened.

"(They do) not have the right sewage," she said. "Maybe not the right path for the water to drain."

Mastros is not confident this issue will ever be fixed.

"A few years from now, even next week, if we have the same rain that we had this week, it will happen again," Mastros said. "Who are we going to blame? But it can't be the rain. Definitely not."

For Susan Crosby, the rain and flooding cost her.

"I don't have flood insurance, and my insurance doesn't cover it," Crosby said.

Residents say without cars, without livable homes, they need help from the community.

"It's sad," Mastros said. "You see people carrying their belongings, and you see a lot of people's belonging outside, and it is sad."

And while these families pick up the pieces, the NCDOT plans to get to work on a couple of sinkholes the storm opened. Crews hope to patch Country Club Road and open both lanes by Tuesday, but a DOT spokesman says the sinkhole at the intersection of Azalea and Country Club "will need a great amount of work." When that work will happen is still up in the air.

Pender County Emergency Management Director Tom collins says the flooding saturday was so bad at Plantation Point, crews had to use boats to take six people to safety.

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Plantation point

Is this a private community?.... with a poor drainage system or one that has not been maintained?
Any drainage system can be overcome by unusual weather events no matter what the design but if they are not maintained properly they will fail sooner or later and usually with this type of result.

If you know you live in a flood prone area....

...it's only prudent that you buy flood insurance to cover times like this. Not trying to diminish your situation at all, but you need to be prepared. Flooding is almost as bad as a fire with little that can be recovered.

HELP~~

Our organization, Cape Fear Equality, would love to help these folks out!! Does anyone here have contact information for any of the people affected by this??

Not sinkholes, its a washout

Not sinkholes, its a washout like the guy from DOT told you.

A sinkhole forms when the

A sinkhole forms when the limestone gives way. In this case no limestone has given way. Look at Florida and other areas for a true sinkhole.