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Raleigh Neighbors Recall Post-Fran Bonding

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Sara Knight and her daughter were trapped by trees after Fran struck.
RALEIGH — One year ago WRAL-TV5'sGreg Fishel's forecast showed a strengthening storm heading for the North Carolina coast. By the nextmorning, the devastation caused by Hurricane Fran was astonishing. Theaftermath continues and is still causing problems for many in theTriangle.

As WRAL-TV5 continues its series of special reports, "What Have WeLearned,"Mark Robertsrevisitedthe Eton Road area, a particularly hard-hit neighborhood that manyconsidered Raleigh's "ground zero."

Sara Knight says huge trees did extensive to her home.

Those were just the trees from Knight's own yard. By the time theneighbors' trees stopped falling in the force of Fran, Sara and herdaughter were trapped inside their home.

Knight continues to fight her way out with repairs still going on. She's still unpacking boxes in her kitchen that have been packed.She just got back her prized 40-year-old sewing machine that neededrepairs after Fran.

Most of the help now on Eton Road is hired, but before the first workcrew arrived, Knight says the neighbors were building a bond.

After all they've been through Knight says the people of Eton Road havelearned that the storm had its positive points.

A year later, the neighbors on Eton Road, as do many others in theTriangle, look back on a time when the numbers of their friends grew.

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