Kinston flood survivors finding strength in Sunday church services

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Flood waters recede slowly in Kinston, survivors count their blessings. (WTVD)

Kinston is still in a major flood stage and that isn't expected to change until Wednesday. The water there is receding slowly, but that isn't stopping flood survivors from counting their blessings and heading to church.

"We really didn't have time to do anything but just grab a few [things], grab our babies, and go in the attic until the rescue team got there," Alicia Fann said.

"I saw all the water, somebody banged on the door and was like, 'Come on, you got to get up. They're evacuating,'" Jonnetta Dixon said.

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Those are just a few of the stories from the 200 people who are now living in emergency shelters in Kinston.

Many survivors, like Dixon, are just happy to be alive. They're grateful for the help they've received.

"The community has made it so easy for us to just push forward," she said. "I can look forward to tomorrow. Today, I am ready to go to church."

Some brought Sunday service to the shelter. Cassandra Canady is a Red Cross volunteer and brought bibles to the shelter at Kinston High School.

"I want to say to them to keep their heads up, keep their hope and peace in God," Canady said about her message to flood victims.

Others churches offered free rides from the shelters. All of them wanting to spread hope.

"We want to give Him praise because whatever we lost, our lives we still have," John Houston said, a bishop with Kingdom Dominion Ministries.

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