When hurricane Irene blew past Beaufort county, entire neighborhoods were destroyed. Aurora Beach on the south side of the Pamlico River was hit hard.
Between the wind and the violent storm surge, many homes along the water didn't stand a chance in Irene's path. We saw a house torn in half. Neighbors say that isn't the craziest sight. What's really got them talking are the homes they can't even find.
A cinder block foundation was found, but no home in sight. Same story next door. With damage this extensive, they don't even know where to start.
"I guess you have to start over. Especially the houses that are gone. I don't even know if anybody can rebuild, I mean without having to start from scratch," said Christy Harding.
More than a dozen homes once lined Aurora beach, each one now damaged or completely destroyed.
Now, some of the homeowners had insurance, though not all. Many we spoke with say they will eventually rebuild.
Another problem they're facing is a bridge to their homes on highway 306 near the aurora ferry was destroyed. Nearby Potash Corp has opened one of its private roads to homeowners and emergency crews.