These have been tough times in Eastern North Carolina. Hurricane Matthew has brought more than a week of misery. First, there was the storm surge, the rain, and now the floods. We had been very lucky here since 2011 when Hurricane Irene came calling. Matthew changed all that. It was the storm that wouldn’t leave. For us, it was the rain. None of us here on the farm had ever experienced anything like it. We had well over a foot of rain here between last Friday and Sunday morning. None of us were surprised at news the Neuse River through nearby Kinston would flood. What surprised us was word that it would top the record flooding triggered by Hurricane Floyd in 1999. It did. The river topped out just short of 30 feet. All of the bridges into the city were shut down cutting off access to the city. The main east west highway through the area, US 70 was shut down for miles. The flooding reach as far west as Raleigh. Interstate 95 was flooded out in several areas. The rivers are cresting now and flood levels will slowly recede but in so doing, all that water is making its way into the sounds along the coast triggering more flooding. Things will eventually get better . The beautiful sunrises have already returned along the North Carolina coast but the effects of Hurricane Matthew will be with us for years to come. Have a good week ahead everybody and be safe.