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October 19, 2016
While Oriental had simple cleanup after Hurricane Matthew, some Eastern North Carolina communities were so badly flooded that they have yet to grasp the extent of the damage. Perhaps the hardest hit was Princeville, a town of 2,000 people near Tarboro, NC.
This week five Pamlico County firefighters volunteered to assist.
Volunteer Eric Kindle has written in with a report of life on the ground in Princeville, and included astonishing photos. Princeville remains flooded at this writing.
Eric wrote in Tuesday:
We are just outside of Tarboro, in Princeville. The town is still underwater, including their fire dept. At its height, the water was 13 ft in the department.
We are staying in a shelter tent in an abandoned gas station parking lot. Most of the town does not have power, sewer, or running water.
We are here with one engine company:
Eric Kindle: Firefighter/Paramedic
Tracy Riddle: Firefighter
Dwayne Croom: Firefighter/Medical Responder
Daniel Suggs: Firefighter/Medical Responder
Chris Murray: Pamlico County Emergency Manager
Thankfully, we have generator power and satellite internet, but no real power, running water, or bathroom facilities.
Apparently, after Floyd they built dikes etc. along the Tar River, which did their job this time. However, a little ways upriver the dikes and the water backed up. It came around the back side of it , and flooded the entire city of Princeville and portions of Tarboro.
Hundreds of people are still in shelters.
We are here to:
Handle their fire calls
First respond to medical calls
Assist in clearing debris from roads
Possibly searching houses to ensure everyone got out (not sure if this is needed).
Example – today we were sent to large farm chemical supply warehouse to ensure it’s integrity etc.
…and anything else that comes up, they are still trying to figure stuff out!
Posted Wednesday October 19, 2016 by Keith N. Smith
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