"That's their livelihood, that's their home, that's their stuff," said Paula Hollar, as she pointed to her neighbors' belongings, now sitting on their front lawn. The weekend storm brought water into their homes and many of their things are now damaged.
Hollar watched as that water swallowed her neighbors' belongings and washed out part of a nearby bridge. That is why she was not surprised to hear that Catawba County assessment teams are adding up damage numbers and fast.
The county told Eyewitness News Monday night that so far teams have labeled 31 homes and seven businesses as having major damage. The county says more than two dozen roads are closed or impassible.
Hollar drives over the bridge on NC-10 by Boston Road regularly. On Monday, she was forced to drive out of her way several times.
"It's a lot but compared to what folks here are dealing with, it's nothing. I won't complain about a detour," said Hollar.
"Right here was where the water line was," said Martin Benfield, as he showed Eyewitness News where the water came up to in his Newton yard.
Benfield says that is the closest the water has ever come to his home. He is thankful it didn't go inside, but the close call has him thinking twice.
"Now I have to look at maybe getting some flood insurance at this point," he said.
The water did almost take a trailer from his backyard, with his camping gear and some tools inside. Those things inside are now a mess. He is working to assess that damage and clean it up.
The county says that assessment teams will be back out again Tuesday morning continuing to look at the damage.