Craven County Residents Rebuild, Wait For Restored Power Monday

By: Kelsie Smith/ April Davis
By: Kelsie Smith/ April Davis

Patrick Williams showed us the damage inside his home on Country Club Road in New Bern. A large oak tree fell onto his house during Sunday night's storm.

"We thought it was a tornado coming, so we got in our bathtub and took cover and probably about 10 seconds after we did that our big oak tree fell through the house," said Williams.

Williams says he and his family are fortunate they weren't hurt. The bathroom they were in was next to the bedroom.

"It landed about 5-feet from where we were," said Williams.

Trees were down in yards and some still in the street in Trent Woods Monday. We're told a home on Trent Woods Drive survived many hurricanes, but the homeowner's granddaughter says this is the worst damage her grandmother's house has had since she moved in 1969.

"It's just awful. Water was pouring in, trees- I mean there's skylights in the house now where there weren't before'" said Heather Mikulak.

People were also dealing with no power Monday. Precious Lockett who lives on First Avenue in downtown New Bern said she was trying to keep herself and her kids cool. She said she was also worried about all the debris and power lines littering her street.

"At least they could have came and just moved the wires, cut the wires or moved them or something put something over the wires so the kids don't mess with them," said Lockett.

We spoke to the city of New Bern about the downed wires. We're told the first priority is to restore power so downed lines that are dead, like the lines on First Avenue, will be picked up once power is restored.

At the height of the power outage. More than 8,000 city of New Bern customers were without power.


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