The end of November marked the of hurricane season and hopefully the end to the flooding plaguing Duplin County. Many residents are still dealing with the stagnant water that never seems to leave the area after it rains. It may be hard to believe, but officials say there are still puddles of Tropical Storm Ernesto water standing in parts of Duplin County. County Manager, Mike Aldridge says, "The area is flood prone because geographically we have a large area of low-lying swamp area that runs through the center of the county from north to south and so being in one river basin all the water that runs through Duplin County runs in one area and that's the Chinquapin area." County emergency management personnel say many residents are still working on their homes fixing flood damage. Officials say they will implement a better emergency management plan for the next hurricane season.
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