LUMBERTON, N.C. -- Just a few short hours from Charlotte, residents are grappling with record flooding.

Rivers have reached record levels because of rain from Hurricane Matthew. Thousands are without power or clean water.

Many families are now making the decision to leave their home as they begin to run out food, battery power and clean water.

"I'm exhausted," said Cassandra Monk.

Abandoning her home with all she could carry: her baby girl, a package of diapers and a phone charger, Monk is heading to stay with family nearby-- family who also doesn't have power.

Monk and her baby girl are thankful for the swift water team that boated them to safety. She's also grateful to have a safe, dry place to sleep tonight.

Monk and her daughter are blessed to be safe, but of all the flooding isn't going down soon. Governor McCrory made strong warning earlier Tuesday about going against evacuation orders. River forecasts are expected to stay in major to moderate flood stage for at least the next week.

Officials are urging residents to abide by local curfew and to fight the urge to witness the devastation.