Victims of Catawba River flood return home, assess damage


Flooding in Western Watauga County


by TONY BURBECK / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on May 8, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 9:30 AM

CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C. -- Dozens of flood victims are getting back in their homes, assessing the damage and starting to clean up in the wake of Tuesday's flooding on Riverside Drive next to the Catawba River.

Some water remains on the load, but the river is receding.  It remains about six feet over full pond in the Mountain Island Lake area, according to Duke Energy.

A police roadblock is a hot spot for people asking about flood damage.

(Click here to view images from the flood)

"Y’all okay?," Trisha Norket asked a neighbor. Norket's ground-level workshop flooded but the main living area of her home did not.

"I'm glad ya'll are good," she said.

"We were one of the fortunate ones.  The road goes on a slight incline and it never made it up to our house," said Paulette Williams, who lives on Riverside Drive.

The flooding did not Williams and her husband from their home.

They did lose electricity, but nothing close to what happened to some neighbors.

"There are two houses for sure that got a lot of damage," Williams said.
"It's probably five feet, halfway up the walls in their house, but they have a lot of damage."

"I got some damage to my basement. My house is high enough that the living quarters didn't get any damage. In the basement workshop, got about three feet of water in it," said neighbor Joe Phillips.

Phillips and his wife stayed with friends until the water receded. Crews turned his lights back on just before we talked to him.

At least the comforts of home are back, even if some of them are still wet.
"I'm tickled to death to get back into my house," Phillips said.

Water damage and repair crews say it could be a week before the homes are dry enough to start work.