'It's hard': Harnett volunteer now finds himself a victim of Florence's flooding

Posted September 20, 2018 6:04 p.m. EDT

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Water levels are dropping in Harnett County, but on Thursday, there was still a lot of water covering roads, farms and businesses.

At the height of the flooding caused by Hurricane Florence, Pat Flowers needed a boat to visit his home on Shady Grove Road.

Water from the Little River had gotten into his home.

"You just break down and cry. It is hard," he said. "I have seen it, and there are a lot of people a lot worse off than I am, and I am thankful it did not get any worse than that.”

Flowers has helped countless storm victims with the Baptist Men Relief Organization for about 10 years.

Now, he knows what it is like on the receiving end.

"You see where the other people hurt, and you see how good you got it made, until it happens to you. That's the sad part," Flowers said.

Flowers is thankful he got only a couple of inches of water in his home, but said he lost everything in a low-lying garage.