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Kinston businesses hit hard by post-Matthew flooding; but ‘the healing process has begun’

KINSTON, N.C. — Floodwaters from the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew continue to devastate the eastern part of North Carolina.

A popular business in Kinston, Neuse Sport Shop on East New Bern Road, has been documenting the flooding in town on their Facebook page in recent days.

On Wednesday at about 9 p.m., the floodwaters found their way into Neuse Sport Shop too.

“We think we have four inches of water in the store,” Neuse Sport Shop President/CEO Russell Rhodes told FOX8 Friday night. “We have plans in place to move in with an army of workers as soon as the water recedes to clean up and reopen.”

Rhodes said on Thursday afternoon there was as much as three feet of water in the store’s showroom floor. He added that was higher than the floods of 1999.

“Citizens that live on the north side of the river came together to save area homes yesterday when they packed thousands of sandbags for homeowners,” Rhodes posted to Facebook Thursday. “Good hearted people from all over town coordinated via the chamber of commerce’s Jan Parson. Worked ‘hand in hand’ to help neighbors. Trust me when I say, ‘The healing process has begun.'”

Rhodes told FOX8 he does not expect the water to recede until next Wednesday or Thursday. Then the cleanup can begin.