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Constant rain leaves hole in Pender Co. neighborhood

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Nineteen days of measurable rain in June has left a hole in one Pender County community.

After one of the wettest Junes on record, Mother Nature has made the trip home a little more difficult for residents of the Sycamore Farms subdivision near Burgaw.

“Old River Road was completely flooded, and they were trying to get home, and I was trying to flag people down telling them, ‘no!'” resident Regina Sutton said. “People coming out were telling them, ‘No,’ because the road conditions were so bad. My front yard was completely covered.”

Neighbors say all the rain saturated the ground in their neighborhood and eventually left a mark on their community.

“It started off at about 12 foot across and about 10 foot down, and it has steadily increased and went to its approximately 40 to 50 feet across and 30 foot down,” Sutton said. “It’s amazing that it went down this quick, but yesterday when it started raining again it’s not saturated through the ground all the way so it immediately raised back up.”

To help ease this sinking situation, Four County Electric dumped tons of rock, raised the electric lines which were exposed and even installed a tarp to help stop erosion and keep the hole from growing any larger.

“They responded immediately,” Sutton said. “They sent out four light poles and five trucks. They really came packed and ready to do it. We don’t know when the road will be repaired, but hopefully it will take awhile so I don’t have dust in the house.”

A silver lining in an otherwise dark rain cloud.

Because Sycamore Farms is a private community, the homeowners association is responsible for fixing the road, which residents say also washed out in 1998.

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