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Raleigh Neighbors Band Together To Help Each Other Through Isabel

Posted September 19, 2003

— Seven years ago, Hurricane Fran hit Raleigh and few got it worse than the Exeter Street neighborhood. They spent two weeks without power, but it taught them a lesson they are putting into practice -- the importance of sharing.

Howard Edwards and four other neighbors were without power, thanks to Hurricane Isabel. Tree limbs were piling up at the curb just like they were during the December ice storm and Hurricane Fran in 1996. However, they knew how to handle the situation.

A cord fed power from David Reiger's house to a neighbor's house across the street. Reiger also loaned a generator to another neighbor and kept the good deeds going Friday morning.

"He (Reiger) went to the grocery store this morning at 6 and cooked breakfast for the neighborhood," resident Gwen Moss said.

Reiger said he is only carrying on a tradition on Exeter Street.

"It's kind of fun in a way," he said. "It takes a lot of teamwork and community effort and getting together with your neighbors to make it all work and to get through these things."

"Those who have stuff are sharing and those of us who don't are taking advantage of it and we're all pitching in and helping each other out," resident Gwyn Moss said.

Neighbors said they are simply making the best of the worst life throws at you.

"Let's just have a good time with it and all be out here in the streets and having a good time and working together," Moss said.

The neighbors on Exeter Street were originally told that it would be next Thursday before power was restored, but luckily they were able to get in back Friday evening.


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