Hurricane Floyd's impact on North Carolina
- Hurricane Floyd hit Cape Fear, N.C., as a Category 2 hurricane on Sept. 16, 1999, less than two weeks after Tropical Storm Dennis.
- Twelve to 20 inches of rain from Floyd fell in the eastern part of the state, already saturated by the 6 to 16 inches of rain from Dennis, 10 days earlier.
- Farm losses totaled about $1 billion, including approximately $98 million in tobacco crop losses and $634 million in livestock losses. More than 3 million chickens and turkeys and 30,000 hogs were killed in the storm.
- Floyd prompted one of the largest evacuations in U.S. history, forcing more than 2.6 million coastal residents in five states to flee their homes.
- According to the Federal Emergency Management, there were more than 87,000 storm victims in North Carolina. More than 1,500 had to be rescued and approximately 500,000 customers lost power.
- Fifty-two people died as a result of Floyd and its storm waters.
- Property damage totaled more than $6 million, with about 12,000 businesses damaged, more than 8,000 homes destroyed and more than 67,000 damaged.
- FEMA declared 66 counties disaster areas.
- Some of the heaviest hit areas included Princeville, Rocky Mount and Kinston.
- Flooding lasted for more than a week in Princeville, where more than 700 homes were damaged or destroyed. The town recived $26 million in government aid as a result.
- The Tar River crested at 33 feet on Sept. 17, 1999 – 18 feet above flood stage – putting 25 percent of Rocky Mount under water. About 3,000 homes were damaged or destroyed. FEMA bought out more than 400 homes.
- About 700 homes in Kinston were flooded and dozens of businesses were destroyed.
- Floyd prompted the updating of flood mapping, which in 1999, was 10 to 15 years out of date. New flood mapping cost approximately $120 million.
- Hog farms and waste lagoons also relocated after Floyd. Thirty-nine farms and 91 hog waste lagoons were moved. Ninety-two remain in the flood plain.
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Perhaps the most surprising thing I learned in the production of "College $ports: #MissionorMoney" is that the issues the documentary raises were issues raised about college sports nearly a hundred years ago.
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Documentary gives voice to long-term unemployed
On the same day the story broke about the big raises for two inexperienced staffers at the NC Department of Health and Human Services I received an e-mail from Sydney Houston, a woman we had interviewed a month earlier for our documentary "Cut Loose and Cut Off." She's one of the 70,000 people who lost federally funded extended unemployment benefits on July 1. She wrote that her electricity had been cut off. That will certainly make her job hunt easier.
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Listen to the moderate Muslim voices
There have been Muslims living in North Carolina for decades. In fact, some of the very first Muslims in our state were African slaves who were brought here in the 18th century. People just didn't really take much notice of the Muslims around them until 9/11 and other high profile acts of terrorism committed by radical extremists claiming to be Muslims.
We rarely produce a documentary on a topical issue related to our legislature or our criminal justice system that doesn't generate strong opposing opinions. Our documentary, "Justice and Redemption," about our state's Drug Treatment Courts is an exception. We did not personally encounter, hear about or read about anyone who thinks they are a bad idea.
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'Buy local' trend should extend to NC wine
The growth of our state's wine industry is a great economic success story, particularly in the Yadkin Valley area where it's helping fill the void left after the decline of textiles and tobacco. No one can say for sure whether our state will ever rival California in the wine marketplace, but the road to that pinnacle may start at home.