Reckoning with loss of homes, livelihoods after Florence

SPRING LAKE, N.C. (AP) — With Florence’s floodwaters receding in some places and still menacing others, tired and waterlogged North Carolinians are getting a chance to take stock of the destruction.

When rivers spilled from their banks this week, many were forced to flee their homes in multiple inland cities. Now that waters are receding, property owners along its banks are picking through debris and figuring out what’s left of their homes and livelihood.

In a flooded Lumberton neighborhood, Kevin Caudle has donned waders to wade in and check on his house multiple days this week. He fears that the floodwaters could be creeping above his crawlspace and could cause more damage.

He told a reporter in a text message: “Very disheartening but we will make it through it.”

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