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Cumberland Families Hope For Relief From Recent Rainfall

Posted August 6, 2003

— Cumberland County residents believe this has been one of the soggiest summers in recent history, leading to many problems with flooding.

Pam Witz has a replica of the Cape Hatteras lighthouse in her back yard, and like its namesake, it is in danger of being washed away by water. Witz said she believes runoff from new developments nearby have caused her flood.

"It's hard to keep my sense of humor. It's hard because every day, it's worse and worse," she said.

On the opposite end of the county, 72-year-old Clarence Carter cannot think of a reason why his yard is full of water, other than it has just rained a lot. He is now using a strawberry irrigation system to pump water from his front yard to a wooded area in the back.

"I sat up all night last night keeping fuel in the two tractors and watching it rain," he said. "Thank goodness, it didn't [rain] hard."

The water is just about 10 feet from the Carters' front door. With more rain in the forecast, the family is worried that it will enter the house. They hope their makeshift draining system will work.

However, the rain is not such a bad thing for some residents.

Al Washington said his septic tank business is up 40 percent from last summer.

"The water in the septic tanks doesn't have anywhere to go because there's so much water in the ground and that's why there are so many backups in houses," he said.

In Fayetteville, the average rainfall from January to July is nearly 28 inches. So far this year, the city has seen more than 42 inches of rain.


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