ONLY ON 3: Bird’s eye view of flooding

Flooding continues in Pender County. The Northeast Cape Fear River went down half of a foot today. It’s now measuring at 14.8 feet. But there’s still extensive flooding. We got the opportunity to go up in a Piper J-3 Cub to show you the mess from a bird’s eye view.

We took off and flew south of Old River Road and across Highway 53 in Burgaw. The river was booking it. Along the Northeast Cape Fear farmer’s crops were ruined. Streets were flooded. We saw warehouses and homes in several feet of water.

Back on land people were trying to get back to their homes they had to leave last week, like Annie Powell. “I can’t stand it,” says Powell. “I’m so sick of it I don’t know what to do.”

Some cars braved the flood. Others decided not to take the plunge. “We’ve been trying to get here since Sunday and it ain’t working for me right now,” says resident Ryan Gilroy.

Gilroy was debating whether to risk ruining his friend’s car in the flood to get to his truck located on the other side. “Definitely a big headache,” says Gilroy. They drove through it and luckily made it.

Pender County emergency workers say thankfully they’ve had no injuries or deaths due to the flooding. They have helped people evacuate.

Pilot Randy Allen took us up in the Piper. He says he flew around the same area Monday and he said it looked a little bit better Tuesday.

Emergency workers say stranded residents should be able to get back to their homes by Sunday. That’s when workers will start assessing the damage.

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