Windsor residents clean up after flooding

Posted October 4, 2010

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— Residents and business owners in the Bertie County town of Windsor were starting to clean up on Monday after heavy rain from a storm last week left the town flooded.

The downtown area of Windsor was evacuated last Friday along with more than 40 residents from a nursing home.

The North Carolina State Emergency Response Team said the town is likely to remain under water for several more days. The roads reopened on Monday. Town leaders said there are just a few areas that still have standing water.

Gov. Bev Perdue visited the town on Sunday, comparing the damage to that caused by Hurricane Floyd’s floodwaters in 1999. Perdue encouraged anyone who rebuilds to elevate their buildings. She says people who did that after Floyd didn’t suffer any damage from the most recent flooding.

"Floyd was a little bit worse, of course. We had 2 feet of water in here, as opposed to a little over a foot this time," Joe Cherry said of his insurance agency on North King Street.

Cherry's agency was back in business on Monday to answer flood insurance claims.

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Cherry said no one expected last week's rain to create such a disaster.

"We expected some flooding. Down around famous Bunn's Barbecue, it always floods a little bit, but we didn't expect this much," he said.

Bunn's Barbecue owner Randy Russell said he is relying on friends to help him clean up his historic restaurant, in business since 1938.

"We've been through hurricanes, tornadoes, everything. There's nothing like a flood, nothing really," Cherry said.

Ted Shaw, who owns a pool supply store, spent the weekend pulling up carpet from his business.

"Sunday, we came in and bleached and took the garden hose and washed all the water out to the street," he said.

Schools were closed on Monday in Bertie County. Classes resume on Tuesday.

On Monday, about 1,000 volunteers helped with clean-up efforts in Windsor, town leaders said.

Members of the North Carolina Baptist Men were working on 83-year-old Rachel Bazemore's flood-damaged home.

Bazemore was home on Friday night when the water started rising in the field near her home.

"I walked out from my carport and looked to the right, and I could not believe my eyes," she said.

Bazemore's entire neighborhood on North Carolina Highway 13 was flooded.

The water topped more than 3 feet in parts of Bazemore's home.

It wasn't the first time Bazemore has had to rebuild. She first restored her home after it was flooded during Hurricane Floyd. In 2006, she had to rebuild after a house fire.

With the N.C. Baptist Men's help, Bazemore will be able to remain in her home. 

The N.C. Baptist men will be increasing the number of volunteers each day. Organizers estimate they will have about 100 volunteers in Windsor by the end of the week.

Samaritan's Purse, a Christian organization, has also sent volunteers to Windsor.


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  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Oct 5, 2010

    2thec, a PHd put together a study that showed if you allocated all of the wealth and resources equally to each individual in this country, within 10 years, the wealth and resources would be allocated by the same percentages that they are currently allocated before the reallocation occurs.

    The study showed that there are a lot of people in this country who don't have the ability and/or skills to manage wealth and resources.

    The net is that there are some people in this society who are going to be poor based on skills and abilities and some who are going to be wealthy.

    Most wealth isn't generational. Most wealth is earned by the current possessor of the wealth.

  • LovemyPirates Oct 5, 2010

    DontLikeTheSocialistObama Your comments are intended to distract from the real issues - the rich are getting more rich; the poor are getting more poor; any political efforts to establish a safety net for our most vulnerable citizens; economic policy that has been in place for many years and have had support from both political parties and that favor the rich caused the problems we're not dealing with. It's easy to point the finger at those currently in office; it's much harder to acknowledge the truth and work for common solutions.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Oct 4, 2010

    Areas around rivers down east should be condemned and made green spaces. It would also improve water quality in the rivers.

    When you live on flat land beside the river which is 3 to 4 feet below the banks of the river, you are going to get flooded out every time there is a big rain storm.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Oct 4, 2010

    Bev was in Windsor trying to distract us from the criminal investigation for campaign law violations.

  • LovemyPirates Oct 4, 2010

    Some on this blog need to get a life.
    If anyone thinks Gov. Perdue was walking around Windsor yucking it up with everyone, you are mistaken. This is one photo taken at one moment in time. She held serious conversations about serious issues while there - friends who live there will vouch for this.

  • kevinleary23 Oct 4, 2010

    umm maybe im looking at this wrong Bev P smiling oh ok....but to the other ones, what does sardines and potted meat have to do with the people that lost crops, money and homes... JUST SAID

  • The Fox Oct 4, 2010

    Not Bunns BBQ! Good food. Hard to elevate those business as the buildings are all linked.

  • BEACH Oct 4, 2010

    Way to go Bev, glad you were all smiles. Praying for these people.

  • tobywilliamson58 Oct 4, 2010

    Valdon; Good to hear from ya! The water must have receeded from your trailer park allowing you access to your computor?! Or are you at the public library? Anywho, I do love potted meat and try to eat at least three cans a day! It's something I think will prolong my life, you know?

  • valdon721 Oct 4, 2010

    Toby, I forgot the 4 corner nabs.