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Oriental After Florence
Putting a town back together
September 19, 2018
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lorence has left. There’s a lot to do now as people return: locate lost boats, tear out flooded floors, clean up what the storm left behind. Residents are slowly returning to Oriental.

Highway 55 was initially closed between Bayboro and Oriental due to flooding, downed trees and telephone poles, electric lines. When traffic did begin to come back, it was on 306 or other side roads. Highway 55 was cleared Sunday.

Oriental after Florence
Along Highway 55, many telephone poles gave way, some partially , others were broken and laying on the ground..
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Seen on Highway 55 in Merritt.
Oriental after Florence
MasTec trucks at Pamlico Middle School on Monday waiting for roads to clear, so they could survey the power lines and begin repairs.
Oriental after Florence
The pier at Lou Mac Park was destroyed during the storm, and with it went the State’s water level gauge. After that, the gauge incorrectly read a 36ft surge in water level..
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Lou Mac park’s water fountain took a tumble.
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Parking barriers were moved off their rebar fasteners and left in the broken asphalt of South Ave.
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The intersection of High St and South Ave. Florence moved the asphalt and left a beach behind.
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A “No Parking” sign at John Bond Beach (also known as Minuscule Beach) was lodged in the sand. No sign of the other sign.
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Riprap of marl strewn by Florence.
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A tree leans outside First Citizens Bank. The cars were parked there by owners thinking it would be higher ground. It was not high enough. Florence’s surge got into the bank and so likely into the vehicles as well.
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Lots of large trees went over. This one was at Apple Lane and Mildred St.
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High north winds peeled up part of the metal roof on the Cartwright House.
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The scene along Neuse Dr.
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Fay Bond has been thru more hurricanes (and their clean-ups) than most Oriental residents. Monday, she took a brief break to play with a neighbor’s dog.

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Posted Wednesday September 19, 2018 by Allison DeWeese


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