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Floyd's Damage Deepens

Posted September 18, 1999

— Hurricane Floyd's flooding is doing more than washing away homes and dampening spirits. It is causing environmental problems and potential health risks.

At least 43 animal operations are underwater in Eastern North Carolina causing thousands of animals to starve or drown.

From the new SKY-5, it is clear the weekend's shining sun is not enough to dry out the soaked soil -- or enough to stop the spread of oil.

At a junkyard near Seven Springs in Wayne County, the water's glow is a sign of seepage. Pollution is pouring out of a warehouse. There is no telling what it may be.

Some fuel tankers are being checked, to determine to extent of the leaking.

Spills have surrounded homes.

Pesticides are the problem in Trenton, where roads are barely passable. A bird has the only direct route.

It is too early to soak up the chemicals; they are coming out of their barrels. Some barrels are on their sides in the road. Pasty white material lines the pavement as if it was solid line.

In Duplin County outside Kenansville, there were no Sunday services this morning. Instead, farmers prayed for the waters to let up.

In this and other counties, hog lagoons are flooded. Waste is flowing out.

Along with all the environmental damage, farmers are facing losses to their livestock. Turkey houses are surrounded by water, and many of the turkeys did not survive.

Hogs have also lost the battle.

Some cows are still looking for a way out of their barnyards.

Out on Interstate 40, the area is still closed, abandoned. Also abandoned is the prestigious River Landing Course. Its name holds true today. There is not a view of greens anymore. Golf carts have been replaced by boats.

Huge homes are under water; a total of 1,200 countywide. Cleanup of homes and the environment will be a major task for weeks to come.

State health officials are considering cremating or burying all the dead animals to prevent disease.

But that might not be as easy as it sounds -- with the waters still so high, it's difficult to reach the animals.


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