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Floodwaters cause damage, continue concerns in Moore County

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At least three homes in eastern Moore County were still inaccessible Monday following rains and flooding in the past four days.

Part of a dirt road on the back side of the Riverview Acres community was still under water Monday. People who live there could not drive to or from their homes. One man chose to walk through water to get to and from his property.

The community is off Highway 690 in the Lobelia area of Moore County.

"You got about 8 feet of water out here," said Henry Terry who lives in Riverview Acres. His home just barely escaped flooding Saturday. He said he decided to leave because the creek near his home swelled to the point that water was just under his deck.

"My house has like a 12-foot deck there on the front," Terry said. "It was up to there."

A little further east off Highway 690, some homeowners in the Riverbend community returned home Monday morning to assess the damage from flooding over the weekend. Several of the people who live along Creekview Drive in the neighborhood had to be evacuated by boat on Saturday.

Debra Hall said water was about a foot high inside her mobile home. She said she will have to replace almost all of the furnishings inside.

"Everything's kind of wet and saturated," Hall said.

"You can see the water line, and that's how far it was in the house," Hall explained as she stood inside her back door and pointed a clearly visible water line more than foot high on the door.

Several of the people living in the flooded areas said they were relieved to see the water level going down Monday. They were hoping any rain on Monday or Tuesday would not be enough to cause flooding again.

They also said they suspect the owners and operators of the nearby Woodlake dam may be responsible for some of their flooding. They believe the dam operator did not let enough water pass through earlier when it was raining late last week. They believe a lot of water was finally released late Friday and early Saturday, and that it was too much at once.

"They hesitated, and this is what happens," Hall said. "If they don't open their gates and let it ease off it's going to come down here."

While no one at Woodlake had a comment, emergency management for Moore County says the operators did manage the water flow properly and that the flooding is a simple result of homes being in flood plains.

Brandon Herring

Brandon is a North Carolina native and UNC alum who lives in Fayetteville, and covers Cumberland County and the Sandhills. Returning to North Carolina to work as a journalist is a dream come true for Brandon. More>>

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