These photos are just a sliver of the many ways Hurricane Florence clobbered our region as she lumbered through after making landfall on Friday, Sept. 14. Derb Carter, Director of SELC’s North Carolina offices, and a North Carolina native, offered these words after the storm.
Hurricane Florence has dealt a devastating blow to eastern North Carolina. My hometown of Fayetteville was particularly hard hit as the Cape Fear River reached a near record flood stage. Days of rainfall in many areas was measured in feet, not inches, and some rivers did not crest until long after the rain moved on. There will be time to assess coal ash spills, flooded industrial hog operations and lagoons, sewage spills, and how climate change is contributing to sea level rise and the frequency and intensity of storms. Now the focus should be on recovery and restoring the lives of the many North Carolinians affected by the winds, rains, and flooding. As floodwaters recede, power is restored, roads are opened, and the people who can return to their homes, know that SELC will be here, helping to forge the path forward.
Derb Carter, Director of SELC’s North Carolina offices
There are many organizations looking to assist as communities rebuild. Here are two lists with resources on how to help, one from the Charlotte Observerand one from The New York Times.