Clean Up From July 1st Storm Continues As Week Of Storms, Rain Begin

By: Dan Yesenosky/ April Davis
By: Dan Yesenosky/ April Davis

As storms moved in Monday night, some residents were still recovering from the damage from last week's storm.

Last Sunday's storms destroyed homes, trees, and power lines, and three people lost their lives. Only eight days later, Monday was the beginning of what could be a week straight of storms in Eastern Carolina.

Intense lightning strikes crashed down in Ayden, and heavy rain left streets and yards flooded. It was a similar story across much of the east.

Charles Eller of Pactolus was glad he was spared this time. He's still dealing with the July 1st storm.

"It's been a lot of work, just trying to get people to come out and clean it up," said Eller.

Eller, like many residents on Highway 264 in Pitt County, was in the line of fire last Sunday.

"It's a big oak tree and my wife was looking out the window and watched it fall right down on the house, and all she did was freeze," said Eller.

Eller says the timing couldn't have been worse. "They just put a roof on it and came back a couple days later and fixed it. Now we're having the tree cut up."

The tree ripped a massive hole in the yard and still laid across the driveway Monday night. Eller says even though he dodged the storms Monday, he says they always seem to get hit in Pactolus.

"Irene we got it. That's what ripped most of the roof off of both buildings, then Floyd, now this one," said Eller.

As storm season continues, those picking up the pieces are taking precautions. From cutting down trees to buying candles, Eller says people need to prepare for a potentially rough season. But he's staying optimistic.

Today's storms were much weaker than those last Sunday.

Several homes on Highway 264 still have trees and debris through their yards.

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