Seven Springs restaurant reopens following Hurricane Florence

WAYNE COUNTY, NC (WITN) A Wayne County restaurant is reopening four months after it was flooded from Hurricane Florence.

Seven Springs sits on the banks of the Neuse River and has flooded several times by hurricanes. Some other businesses and residents have left but Mae's Restaurant always returns.

"It was two foot in here this time instead of five foot but they've just got it all redone," said Jackie Rouse, who owns the restaurant.

This week she opened for the first time since Florence.

"I came on Monday because it was her first day open," said Lynn Eubanks, who came back for lunch on Wednesday, to eat with a friend and show Rouse more support.

She and others say Mae's puts Seven Springs back on the map.

"It's good to come back in here and eat and see people you know," said Bryant Ferrell, a town native who grew up eating at the restaurant. "Pretty sure this is the only place that keeps coming back to Seven Springs."

Jackie Rouse says she remains concerned about future floods but she keeps coming back for her customers.

"It holds the community together," said Rouse.

Recovery efforts are continuing in the town. The Seven Springs town hall recently reopened and the Volunteer Fire Department is building a new station set to open in the spring.