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Princeville Residents Ask FEMA About Assistance Options

Posted October 24, 1999

— Residents of one eastern North Carolina town that was devastated by flooding had a lot of questions Monday night about their options to rebuild.

The people of Princeville might not see big checks from a federal buyout program. Without a town petition, the Federal Government cannot purchase anyone's home.

However,FEMAleaders met with Princeville residents to see how they feel.

Hundreds of Princeville residents packed an auditorium in Tarboro. The public meeting was residents' first chance to ask questions about state and federal assistance.

Many residents wanted to know about a federal buyout program and what it would mean to their town.

"Most people participate. The state will buy the land and move Princeville and build the town somewhere else," said James McIntyre of FEMA.

The mayor says she's not interested in the buyout program, but the decision will be left up to a town board.


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