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Lumberton woman barely escapes flooded home; home, car destroyed, horses missing

LUMBERTON, N.C. -- A Lumberton woman was rescued by her son and nephew Tuesday from neck-high water. Her home and car are destroyed, and her two horses -- one pregnant -- are missing.

FOX8's Chad Tucker comforted Joni Gaddy, still soaking wet, shortly after she was rescued. She shared her story, which started when flood waters began to rise around her home on Chickenfoot Road thanks to the wrath of Hurricane Matthew.

Her son, a truck driver, drove all the way from Texas, worried about his mother.

Gaddy said she saw alligators and snakes swimming outside her home and she prayed they wouldn't get inside. And she just kept praying that someone would come and get her. She said she heard helicopters flying near her home, but none ever flew directly over her home. She had hung sheets out of the windows to try to get someone's attention.

Gaddy lost everything and escaped with just the clothes on her back, she didn't even have shoes. She also was able to rescue one of her dogs, the other was still in the house.

She said she doesn't think she will be able to return to her home of 27 years -- or that she would even want to. "I just don't think I can."