Rising Neuse not stopping Goldsboro man from firing up the grill, feeding community

Eye On The Storm

Flood stage of the Neuse River in Goldsboro is 18 feet. As of Tuesday morning, levels had risen to more than 26 feet.

Roads, businesses and cars in Goldsboro are under water. The flooding of the Neuse has caused much of the city to shut down.

“I’ve lived here 28 years, and this is the worst I’ve seen as far as the water goes. The hurricane was not bad, it was the water,” said William Strickland, owner of Brother Joe’s Food Cart.

The high waters haven’t stopped Strickland from heating up the grill.

“I live around this area, so we’re all neighbors, so anything I can do, I’ll help,” he said.

Strickland believes he can help by serving food to his community.

“Oh, I think it’s fabulous. I’m glad people can go somewhere and get a little hot meal,” Strickland told CBS 17.

Strickland said he served hundreds meals over the weekend to those working through Florence, and plans to continue as waters recede. He plans to do that, all while praying another storm doesn’t come this way.

“No hurricanes, we don’t need any more right now,” Strickland said. “We need good, dry weather for about a month, dry out this county.”

County officials told CBS 17 the Neuse is expected to crest sometime Tuesday afternoon.

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