PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- Water fell from the sky, but now it's rising from the river. The Northeast Cape Fear River is expected to crest. That will only create more flood concerns in Pender County.
The fact that the water is still around days after the record rainfall doesn't surprise some residents.
"Getting something like 23 inches of rain in three days, Ernesto, that was the tropical storm in 2006, it was like this except about a foot higher," said Harry Pfaff who lives in the River Bend neighborhood. That area is expected to be the most affected when the river crests.
Pender County Search & Rescue teams had to make their way into a neighborhood by boat to help a resident who was stuck in their home.
Pender County Emergency Management says people need to be aware and be careful.
"We're asking people not to drive through moving water and not to go around barricades," said Tommy Batson from Pender County Emergency Management. "If you live in those areas be alert and be considerate of the water. We need you to watch flooded out roads and possible washouts."
Residents say all they can do is wait for the waters to recede and make the best of the situation they are in.