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In Edgecombe County, Some Roads to Recovery Still Blocked

Posted September 20, 1999

— A steady rainfall is the last thing flood victims want. But that is what they received Tuesday in Tarboro, delaying the hope of drying out.

Just when you think you have seen everything Floyd dished out, another sight takes you by surprise -- a mobile home lying along the side of an Edgecombe County road, smashed to pieces.

Pete Braswell watched it float across streets and fields before it ended up at the road.

"It was like a submarine coming up out of the water. It came up and ran out into the road and made a high turn and went out into the road about 100 yards, and then it made another turn halfway around and went across the field," explains Braswell.

Even residents who are out of the water still have an unpleasant chore ahead. Houses filled with water are now filled with mud that is ruining everything it touches.

Emergency crews are boosting their power and numbers now that the weather is clearing up. They are also battling snarled traffic and flooded areas just like everyone else.

The techniques to handle the landscape are changing constantly.

"Some have to go hundreds of miles outside of their straight direct route to get there even going as far north as Roanoke Rapids, Halifax, Scotland Neck, to come back down into the affected areas," says Maj. Mac Brown of the N.C. National Guard.

Tuesday afternoon, three Black Hawk helicopters were brought in to assist with the relief effort.


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