His­toric N.C. town will get help, McCrory says

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND NATION & WORLD - By Jonathan Drew

TARBORO, N.C. — Flood­wa­ters as high as some rooflines swamped one of the coun­try’s old­est towns char­tered by African-Amer­i­cans, set­ting up a daunt­ing re­build­ing ef­fort for the sec­ond time in less than 20 years.

On Fri­day, Gov. Pat McCrory met with Princeville res­i­dents and town of­fi­cials to pledge sup­port af­ter flood­ing spawned by Hur­ri­cane Matthew. The town also was in­un­dated in 1999 af­ter Hur­ri­cane Floyd.

McCrory said that with wa­ter as deep as 10 feet in the town of 2,000 peo­ple, at least eight out of 10 houses have been dam­aged.

“I’d say about 80 to 90 per­cent have def­i­nite wa­ter to the floors, to the win­dows, in­clud­ing the mayor’s,” he said.

The gover­nor said Na­tional Guard troops have been sent to Princeville to pre­vent loot­ing.

The river has crested, but res­i­dents haven’t been al­lowed to re­turn.

“The thing that’s so dis-

In Haiti, an eco­nomic dis­as­ter

LES CAYES, Haiti — Haitian and in­ter­na­tional agri­cul­tural of­fi­cials said it could be a decade or more be­fore the south­west­ern penin­sula re­cov­ers eco­nom­i­cally from Hur­ri­cane Matthew, which struck hard at the rugged re­gion of more than 1 mil­lion peo­ple that is al­most de­pen­dent on farm­ing and fish­ing.

The Civil Pro­tec­tion agency said Fri­day that the death toll from Matthew, which made land­fall Oct. 4, had risen to 546, though it was likely to climb higher.

In the Grand-Anse re­gion, nearly 100 per­cent of crops and 50 per­cent of live­stock were de­stroyed, ac­cord­ing to the World Food Pro­gram. con­cert­ing to me is that a lot of these peo­ple who lost every­thing had very lit­tle to be­gin with,” he said. “We’re go­ing to do every­thing we can to help them.”

The county is among about two dozen in the state where res­i­dents are el­i­gi­ble for FEMA dis­as­ter aid.

Up­stream, flood­ing has eased in some com­mu­ni­ties

Yet for other cities, such as Kin­ston and Greenville to the south and east, more days of flood­ing are ex­pected.

Wilm­ing­ton, near where the Cape Fear River meets the coast, is brac­ing for down­town flood­ing week­end.

Matthew killed 546 peo­ple in Haiti and has left at least 41 dead in the United States. North Carolina’s death toll grew to 24 and South Carolina re­ported an ad­di­tional death Fri­day, the fifth fa­tal­ity in the state.

For Princeville, the flood­ing is a sad re­play of Hur­ri­cane Floyd’s af­ter­math in Septem­ber 1999, when flood­wa­ters rose as high as 20 feet in the town.

This time, wa­ter flowed around the town’s re­built dike. Princeville is one of the coun­try’s first towns cre­ated by freed slaves in 1865. this .


North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, left, meets with Princeville flood vic­tims Kather­ine Bul­lock, cen­ter, and Betty Hin­ton at an Amer­i­can Red Cross shel­ter Fri­day in Tarboro, N.C.

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