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Some Shelters Run Out of Supplies As Soon As They Get Them

Posted September 19, 1999

— Thousands of flood victims are staying in shelters in Edgecombe County and across eastern North Carolina. The people in the shelters are anxious and fearful about what is going to happen when they return to their homes.

Monday, 5,500 people were living in shelters in Edgecombe County alone. That is 10 percent of the population there.

Tarboro High School is home, at least for now, for thousands of flood victims in Edgecombe County. About 2,400 people are crowded into a school built for 800 students.

Many families have been separated, and a makeshift message board holds notes to loved ones. Evacuees are on cots and on floors, and they have no running water.

Flood victim Deloris Sherrod has been there since Thursday when she was evacuated from her home in Princeville.

"It's a roof over your head, but it is not like being at home," said Sherrod.

Evacuees lined up at lunch time for the now-familiar routine of waiting for food. Volunteers help out by cooking and serving meals.

Chris Dunn is the band director at Tarboro High School. He is helping coordinate supplies for the shelter.

"They're our people and they're our students in the gym and on the floors. Somebody has got to help them. It might as well be us, said Dunn.

The school's football field is now a landing pad for military helicopters. National Guard helicopters delivered four pallets of water Monday, but that will not last long.

A truckload of ice was also delivered Monday, but even 25,000 pounds will not be enough. The shelter is running out of supplies as fast as they get there.

For more information on how you can help the victims of the flood, please visit ourFloyd Team Coveragepage.


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