Remembering Hurricane Floyd: Kinston

We continue our week long look back at the ten year anniversary of Hurricane Floyd with a stop in Kinston.

Part of that community remains condemned, never to be built on again.

Mounds of junk and tracings of trees are all that remain in one portion of town where several boarded up homes remain.

Flood waters raced through Kinston in 1999 and destroyed many homes. The area is now restricted to the public.

Many people, like Harriet Harper, remember the destruction. "After awhile it came up to the door so we said we wasn't going to move, but we said we better break camp and head up on outta here."

City officials say they pick up the junk that has been dumped behind the abandoned at least twice a year.


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  • by Db on Oct 10, 2009 at 05:24 PM
    I love how witn plays like nothing happen to grifton we were trapped there and yaw say nothing about now just like you didnt say anything about it then
  • by Joyce Location: Kinston on Sep 27, 2009 at 09:45 AM
    How well I remember the flood,My family lost everything we had including the home my dad built,we lived in a camper for 3 months and collected what we could from church's to replace what we had lost,my daughter worked at lenoir memorial hospital and had to ride on a hummer to work where she had to stay and leave her 2 year old son and husband for day's,unable to get back and forth across the county.She is a hero in my eye's,she had lost her and her families home and all their belonging's,but insted of calling her work and refusing to go,she new they needed her help,so she crawled onto the back of that truck and went!It was close to a year befor she would have another place to call home but she indured through a miscarriage,no place to call home,working and being their for her son and huband she stayed strong and dependable,even though her heart was broken because she as well as myself had lost everything my dad and her grandad had left when he past in 1994.Yes WE remember the flood!!
  • by Sonny Location: Michigan on Sep 17, 2009 at 10:16 PM
    As I recall, didn't Linda Shore win an Emmy for her work in covering the story of Hurricane Floyd?? How about putting that video story on Facebook?
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