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North Carolina man says faith helps him cope after Florence

2018-09-19 22:51
As floodwaters begin to drain in parts of North Carolina that were hit by Florence, residents are returning to find their homes damaged, and their possessions destroyed. Michael White surveyed the damage at his home on Wardola Street in Jacksonville where chest-high waters had flooded his home. A large tree fell straight through the trailer home, ripping holes through the roof. Even though he's been staying at a nearby hotel, he couldn't resist spending one last night on Monday inside. "There's too much love, too much years, too much blood, sweat and tears, too much happiness too much family love was surrounding this home," he said. On Friday as rain and winds from Florence were still churning through eastern North Carolina, the Associated Press witnessed a group of volunteers rescuing White's dogs from the home. White and his family say they had arranged for friends to pick the dogs up and transport them to a farm further inland, but the floodwaters rose before they could make it. White says the city has been in contact with his uncle about the dogs and that they're "in good hands." For now, he's going to focus on gathering his possessions and finding a fresh start. "I think everything happens for a reason," he said. "So if it's God's will for me to go through this and for me to get it from the mud, literally, and to come up on my feet, man I'm all