Water levels may be returning to normal, but it will take a long time before the town of Farmers in Rowan County can do the same. Entire neighborhoods have surfaced for the first time after days of flooding, giving some families their first look at the devastation.
Michael Atkins spent the day scavenging through the ruins of his home. "We're talking about our wedding pictures, our son when he was born, I mean that's our heirloom bibles, I mean that's our life. That's everything we got," Atkins said.
A few houses down, Debbie Curtis took inventory of past improvements. "Everything's gone, and we had just redone this trailer. We had just put new walls, sheet rock, new insulation, new subfloors, new floors. We had just done that two years ago when we moved it here, and now it's all gone," Curtis said.
Despite the devastation, signs of hope emerge, like the dog who didn't drown, and the children safe from harm. "We're very thankful and thank God that we are not hurt. We have ourselves, and that's the blessing that's come of all of it," Curtis said.