The water has started to recede in northwest Mecklenburg County, but the water level is still higher than normal in some places. Some yards and homes still have water sitting in them.
When Berry Stubbs left his home Tuesday night, the flood water was all the way up his basement stairs. He and his family had worked to move a lot of furniture, toys and pictures to higher ground but weren't able to get everything.
When he came back Wednesday morning, the river had dropped some, but it was still sitting in his kids' playroom and his guest room.
"The big issue now is how fast can it go out, so we can get some damage assessment and get it cleaned up," Stubbs said.
Stubbs has dealt with flooding before and said crews can't bring dryers and cleaning supplies in until the water is gone.
The power can't be turned back on until it is deemed safe. The cleanup outside can't begin until the family gets its yard back. Stubbs expects he and his family will be living out of suitcases for days, perhaps longer.
"It's a process and it takes a lot of patience to go through it," he said.
Eyewitness News saw county workers going door-to-door Wednesday checking on families.
Channel 9 also saw power crews working to turn the power back on where it was safe. Eyewitness News was with Trisha Norket when she learned hers was restored.
"You get lights and it brings on the sunshine doesn't it," said Norket as she thanked power crews.
Her yard is still under water and her lawn furniture and some of her plants have floated away. She expects the water to be there for a few more days before she can clean up.
"I've been praying for no more rain," Norket said.
Norket and Stubbs said they are thankful the flooding wasn't worse.
"It's just stuff, it can be replaced," Norket said.
"At the end of the day, it's just stuff," Stubbs said. "Our lives, we're fine and we can rebuild."
Duke Energy told Eyewitness News that crews have turned power back on where it's safe, but more than 100 people are still without power because of the damage. Many will need to have inspections done to make sure it's safe before their lights will be turned back on.