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Moore County Residents Wade Through Flooding Problems

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ASHEBORO, N.C. — Thanks to flooding in eastern Moore County, dry homes are now looking like lakefront property.

Mike Cameron, assistant fire marshal with Moore County, said there was 8 inches to 3 1/2 feet of water in one area.

Residents who had to leave their homes in Moore County returned to their homes Monday to watch what looked like a river running through their yards.

Santo Orellana left all his belongings in his flooded mobile home. His cars were submerged up to their windows.

"Pray to God to stop the water," he said, trying to smoke a wet cigarette.

His neighbor, Brian Friday, was more fortunate. The water filled his shed but hadn't reached his home. "Only other time it was worse than this was when Hurricane Fran came through," Friday said. "And it wasn't that bad."

Red Cross officials said they are giving food and clothing vouchers who are affected by the flooding problems.

Weekend storms pounded much of the state over the weekend, causing road closures, evacuations and even the cancellation of the first day of school Monday in Pitt County.

On Sunday morning, a rain-swollen Little River swept away the wooden 92-year-old Pisgah Covered Bridge, a state landmark in southwestern Randolph County. It was one of two covered bridges left in North Carolina.