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Remembering Hurricane Floyd: Impact On Greenville

As we mark the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Floyd, we're taking a look back all this week to the devastation and the rebuilding. Tuesday's stop was in Greenville.

Homes inundated with contaminated water from the swollen Tar River and roadways washed away-- taking vehicles and lives with the massive current, are just a few of the examples of how Hurricane Floyd affected Pitt County.

When the water receded the damage estimates started to rise. In Greenville more than 670 homes were eligible for FEMA buyout's. There were an additional 200 homes outside the city limits. With state and federal funds, damaged homes were demolished to make way to new homes, or nothing at all.

Now hundreds of million of dollars later -- new neighborhoods have returned while some areas remain graveyards for homes that will never be built again.

Greenville city planner Merrill Flood says after all these years, their goal was to rebuild homes and lives. "We were trying to ensure that we got people in some sort of situation so that they could go on with their lives and that's really difficult today because going through an event like that, nothing is ever the same."

Hurricane Floyd cost the city of Greenville close to 63 million dollars, although for the entire county -- the cost reached 346 million dollars.

Thursday's focus as we remember Hurricane Floyd...ten years later, will be on Princeville in Edgecombe County.


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