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Roanoke Rapids dry now, but some still in shock

Posted August 28, 2012

— For many Roanoke Rapids residents, the shock of what happened this weekend still has not worn off.

Saturday's severe flooding blocked streets and shut down part of Interstate 95. More than 150 properties were damaged.

Homeowner Herbert Brown is amazed at how high the floodwaters rose on his car.

“There was a complete river in front of my house,” said Brown, who lives at the intersection of Second and Franklin streets. The area was shut down after a sinkhole swallowed the street.

“It sounded almost as if a bomb went off,” Brown recalled. “I mean the sound – and the garage shook.”

A few blocks away, in front of the Massey Funeral Home at Ninth and Jackson streets, water got so high it crept into the business.

“Water is one of the worst damages that you can probably have,” owner Harold Massey said.

The damage was mostly in one room that flooded with about 180 gallons of water. Right outside the room, in the parking lot, there’s a storm drain.

Massey said the drain simply couldn’t handle all the water.

“I’ve never seen it this way,” he said.

The funeral home wasn't the only business that was damaged. Chris Moseley, owner of Chris Moseley Electric, watched his business flood for the third time in a month.

Right now, the city is waiting for word from the state on a disaster declaration, which would help home and business owners get low-interest loans to begin the rebuilding process.


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  • outside_of_apex Aug 27, 2012

    They might as well try for state and federal assistance because after this year that will gone. Get a grip folks, if you want your house rebuilt, rebuild it yourself.

  • LovemyPirates Aug 27, 2012

    What many don't understand is, if a house isn't in a flood plain as determined by FEMA flood maps, then you can't buy flood insurance. Homeowners insurance doesn't cover water damage caused by rising water. Homeowners have tried to but flood insurance but have been turned down because their homes weren't determined to be in a floodplain, even if water is nearby. This is a broken system. Anyone who wants to buy flood insurance should be able to buy it.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Aug 27, 2012

    In all of Roanoke Rapids, there was $520 in damage done.

  • muggs Aug 27, 2012

    greg69- After giving it some thought you are correct, but when was the last time you saw any U.N. or Red Cross work station there?

  • muggs Aug 27, 2012

    The officials of that area voted to build that white elephant of a theater also, may be time for some federal investigation on the manangement and time to have that town ran by outside sources.

  • greg69innc Aug 27, 2012

    Muggs you are right on that. As a homeowner I thought you could carry flood insurance. I am not sure what the deal on that is as I live high on a hill without having to worry about it. If Floyd didnt get me here in Nash county I believe I am in good shape. :)

    The tragedy is how many of these people are out of work with no money just existing til they can get another job. Unemployment in Roanoke Rapids is just terrible, and the bottom line is we have folks in this area that live prettey close to the conditions of the folks in Haitii. Folks here have a shanty and folks there have a tent.

  • muggs Aug 27, 2012

    When these homeowners were told to drop their flood insurance by town officials then those town officials should be responsible, not my tax dollars, as sympathetic as I am we just cannot continue to bail out every mistake made by others.