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Black Congressional Caucus Contributes to Floyd Cleanup

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TARBORO — Members of the Black Congressional Caucus joined hundreds of volunteers in eastern North Carolina Saturday to take part in the flood cleanup efforts.

They traveled from Washington D.C. to deliver a message of hope to North Carolina. Gov. Jim Hunt, and Sen. John Edwards greeted hundreds of volunteers in Rocky Mount Saturday morning.

"We wanted to bring our colleagues who will be making decisions about the welfare, the operation for recovery here so they can actually feel the devastation," said Rep. Eva Clayton of Warrenton.

Ruined homes and churches gave the Capitol Hill outsiders a first-hand look at the damage caused by Hurricane Floyd. Elected leaders promised to fight for a two billion dollar flood relief package.

"We are going to keep hammering away at those people in D.C. and we are not going home until North Carolina gets the money it deserves," said Edwards.

Volunteers from Washington D.C. worked in a dozen flood-damaged sites.

Members of Congress, volunteers, and flood victims concluded their night with a free concert in Greenville. The show featured gospel singer Shirley Ceasar.

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Stephanie Hawco, Reporter
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