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Floodwaters recede in Fayetteville, other sections of the county still inundated

(Steve Ohnesorge | WBTV) (Steve Ohnesorge | WBTV)

Mary Clark is not sure what she is going to do. Her apartment in Fayetteville was one of dozens hit by floodwaters caused by Hurricane Matthew's heavy rain on Saturday. 

"I was just watching TV and the water started pouring in," she said.

More than a foot of water came inside her place, but even more came into other apartments at the Mt. Sinai complex. 

"This is my home - was my home - and now it's gone," Clark said.

The Red Cross is trying to help, but officials say much more will be needed. Besides the apartments and several homes, many businesses were flooded out as well. 

Ken Stealing had an auto repair business. Ten feet of water came inside. 

"I am now out of business and bankrupt," Stealing said.

Across the street, Fred's Automotive had been operating since 1984. Fred Prosperi said even with some insurance, the loss at his shop is too great, saying "I'm basically done." 

Officials will be tallying up the number of places affected and assessing damage over the coming days. 

While the floodwaters are gone in Fayetteville, the Lower Little River in Spring Lake is still roaring out of its banks. The local Presbyterian Church has four feet of water still inside and several roads are blocked in the area. 

The only good news is that the water level appears to have dropped a foot on Monday afternoon. The bad news, officials said, is that the water has to go somewhere and may cause more problems downstream. 

Officials expect the flood threat to remain from Fayetteville to the coast for several days, until all the floodwaters make their way to sea.

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