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.