Officials in Chatham County spent Wednesday checking in on flooded residents and assessing the damage from Hurricane Florence.
Carbonton and Goldston saw some of the county’s worst impacts from the severe weather.
“Well I live about 5 miles down the road and I’ve come through here to Sanford for years and I’ve never seen it this high,” Crystal Evans described the Deep River.
The High Falls resident spoke to CBS 17’s Beairshelle Edmé near a flooded N.C. 42, where years ago a power station and later a dam stood.
Nearby on the other side of the flooded highway, a park was swept out of sight by flood waters.
Not too far off from N.C. 42 in the Indian Creek Estates Road neighborhood, flooding closed in on homes and businesses.
Asked if the community was prepared for Hurricane Florence, Norman Angel said, “No! I don’t think anybody was ready for this. There’s a house right down the road, it’s halfway underwater and they have a barn behind that and it is just about underwater right now so I know they have to leave.”
The Chatham County Emergency Management officials believe an uncontrolled release from the Randleman Dam after Hurricane Florence brought on the flooding into the region.
Angel, from neighboring Lee County, says Hurricane Florence packed a punch like one they’ve never seen before.
“It’s just going to take time,” he described. “A lot of time, a lot of hard work to get everything straightened back out.”