Relocated veterans museum flooded by Hurricane Florence

KINSTON, NC (WITN) - A veterans museum that relocated from downtown Kinston has been flooded by Hurricane Florence.

The G.I. Joe's Living History Museum lost its lease in downtown Kinston earlier this year and moved to a location on Highway 11 just outside of town.

Just a week after they got the new location up and running, founder and CEO Eric Cantu said they switched gears and started packing things up with the hurricane heading its way.

Cantu today had to use the back door to get inside the museum to show WITN the damage. He believes they had about six inches of water inside the building from the Neuse River.

“The artifacts of this place are much more important than anything I have at my home," said Cantu. "So I am just so optimistic that we are going to be up and running by Veterans Day just like we planned”

Even though the floodwaters still haven't completely receded, Cantu and others who volunteer at the museum plan to start mopping up and tearing out the walls...

Cantu says in the meantime, they have been working with the VFW to help local veterans recover from the storm. They also have been handing out cleaning supplies and food at the American Legion Post 43.