Flooding Forces Families Out Of Their Northwest Charlotte Homes


by Audrina Bigos
by Photographer: Marvin Beach

CHARLOTTE, NC- The Riverside community in Northwest Charlotte was completely submerged Tuesday. Water destroyed homes, cars and forced families out after losing power.

"People across the street are completely under water," said Pat Stapula, a Northwest Charlotte resident.

According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Joint information center, 92 homes have been directly impacted by the flood waters. At 10p.m. on Tuesday, over 140 homes were still without power.

"The water was barely up to my toes at 8:30 this morning. Then I walk back down an hour later and it's to my knees already," said Paulette williams, a Northwest Charlotte.

"We still got about a foot and a half to go before it comes in the house," said Stapula.

The structural damages hit hard for families that just finished repairs on their homes after the last major flood in 2004. Some damages costing them upwards of $150,000.

"Everything is probably gone," said Trisha Norket, a Northwest Charlotte resident.

Norket watched waters rise at her home of 17 years while many of her neighbors lost boats, docks and valuables in their homes and sheds.

"This kind of tragedy is just stuff it's just a house it can all be replaced," said Norket.

Since 10:30p.m. Monday night, emergency officials say they made three rounds of phone calls attempting to alert families with updated information.

But many neighbors were frustrated - saying they never got a call that could have saved everything.

"Some people got a warning and could move, some people had no warning and are just out of their house," said Williams.

But as families deal with the aftermath and brace themselves for a chance of more rain... "We don't know, we don't have any control over this," said Norket.

Some say it's the cost of living on the water.

"It's too nice out here living by the water, just something you got to deal with," said Stapula.

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