Craven County hurricane victim: 'I'm outta here'

Posted August 30, 2011

— Once Hurricane Irene moved past his house and the flood waters had receded, north Harlowe resident Bruce St. Antoine said he knew what he had to do – get out.

"I told my wife, I said, 'Once we get this place fixed, I'm outta here,'" Bruce St. Antoine said Tuesday. "I've had enough of it."

Antoine's house on the Neuse River in Craven County has endured flooding before. He moved to the area from Roxboro five years ago and said he knows it's time to move again.

Home video shows waves washing over his pier and sweeping into his yard. His house rests on stilts, but the water made it's way up, slapping at the top of the window. None of the Neuse flowed across his carpet, but it came close.

The water jack-hammered through the concrete boulders of a sea wall near his house.

"It just picked them up and tossed them like they weren’t nothing," Antoine said.

Harlowe hurricane victim: 'I'm outta here' Harlowe hurricane victim: 'I'm outta here'

The storm surge receded quickly, but it was long enough for Antoine to know what he needed to do.

"Anybody with good sense, they wouldn’t stay here. I can tell you that right now," he said.

Craven County officials were still doing an assessment of flood damage in the area Tuesday. Twenty to 30 homes in the area were damaged in the storm.


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  • ICTrue Aug 31, 2011

    "The ignorance of people thinking God has anything to do with where a hurricane or any other storm goes is hilarious!" OGE

    Why, what did he tell you?

  • Glass Half Full Aug 31, 2011

    This man bought a house, on stilts, on a river, in a coastal county and expected what? When a hurricane comes, these things happen. I don't really get what he's complaining about. This isn't something new. Didn't the need for a seawall or a house on stilts tell him something? Really, he needs to move if he thought this wasn't going to happen.

  • dsalter Aug 31, 2011

    I live in the sandhills now, but was born and raised near the water in Pamlico County. Except for the "skeeters" it's one of the most pleasant places in the world to be. But, unfortunately these storms are the price you have to pay. You simply prepare for the worst and hope for the best.

  • go fish Aug 31, 2011

    Having grown up on the coast in one of the towns recently on the news from down in Carteret County, I can understand why someone from Roxboro would get out of dodge after witnessing a hurricane first hand down there. It is an awe inspiring sight.

  • Garnerwolf1 Aug 31, 2011

    Why is this news? His damage was relatively minor other than his seawall. Is it because he's admitting he doesn't have good sense? What about those whose homes/business were actually destroyed? Is this the only person that would appear on TV? Sorry for his damage but really? There were 40+ killed by Irene, 7 in NC. His issues are really non-issues.

  • ThatGuyYetAgain Aug 31, 2011

    At least he's not as whacked as the pinheads who believed G. W. Bush and Dick Cheney were magically steering Katrina toward levees in New Orleans. Now THAT was ignorance!

  • OGE Aug 31, 2011

    The ignorance of people thinking God has anything to do with where a hurricane or any other storm goes is hilarious!

  • zile1porkey Aug 31, 2011

    You no I never could understand how man brought the ocean and then starting selling it. I just shake my head God is taking it back so if you live their on the ocean move its the ocean what do they expect the waters to do stop in front of their street and turn around and go back because they have a house there. please. Man is always taking something that doesn't belong to them.

  • vance203 Aug 31, 2011

    Buh-bye! One less whiner down there. You knew what you were getting into before you moved there.

  • Screw WrAl Aug 31, 2011

    Take most of your neighbors with you. They need to see the light as well. Or foot their own bills.