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Pamlico Firefighters On The Scene In A Flooded Town
Eric Kindle Reports From Princeville
October 19, 2016
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Eric’s Wednesday morning update:
Learning more about things here. Most of the people left their homes with pretty much just the clothes on their backs. Some are lucky and will return home, when permitted, to intact homes. Others, including some of the local firefighters, have lost everything.

FYI: It is an all volunteer department, so they don’t have ‘city’ resources etc. We already have groups back in Pamlico working on supplies (non-perishable foods, toiletries, and clothes) for these people. The usual avenues for help are in the works (Red Cross, shelters, etc.), but they are slow and ‘non-specific’, whereas we are getting lists of specific needs and clothes sizes.

Spent the day yesterday doing damage assessment, securing propane tanks, addressing domesticated animals etc. As you can see from the photos, there are still houses we cannot get to just yet. They say everyone was evacuated, but can’t confirm that. Today we will continue damage assessment and begin checking homes.

Water levels are going down. Downtown Princeville is essentially a little valley, so they are actively pumping water out. The Army Corps of Engineers have huge portable pumps that are pumping water back into the Tar River.

A pump
Pumping out Princeville

More photos of the flooding in Princeville, NC. All photos by Eric Kindle.

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Posted Wednesday October 19, 2016 by Keith N. Smith

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