September 16: Ten Year Anniversary Of Hurricane Floyd

Ten years ago today, Hurricane Floyd made landfall in North Carolina.

In the early morning hours of September 16th, Floyd made landfall in the Wilmington area as a category two hurricane. When the storm first came ashore it had maximum winds of 104 mph. While there was an initial sense of relief because the storm had lost some strength, that quickly changed when communities all across Eastern Carolina began to see the waters rise from the 10 to 24 inches of rain, in addition to the 8 to 10 inches of rain from Hurricane Dennis just two weeks earlier. What followed has been described as a 500-year flood event.

The CDC says 52 people in North Carolina died as a direct result from the storm. Read more about the deadly effects of Floyd.

As a result of Floyd, 66 out of 100 counties in North Carolina were declared disaster areas. More than 48,000 people were displaced to shelters during the worst of the flooding, only five percent of those had flood insurance. Throughout the flood 54,000 North Carolina homes were damaged with more than 16,000 of those either destroyed or left uninhabitable, according to the N.C. Division of Emergency Management and The Charlotte Observer. North Carolina’s agriculture and livestock industries suffered as well, with the agriculture industry losing over 963 million dollars. The livestock industry lost millions of chickens and thousands of turkeys, and hogs.

The overall devastation was into the billions.

WITN will continue its week-long look at Hurricane Floyd tonight at 6 p.m. with a look at how the storm impacted Princeville in Edgecombe County.


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  • by Snoozer Location: Greenville on Sep 16, 2009 at 11:58 AM
    Waters began to rise, Sheriff's Deputy rescued step son but refused to take the grandparents. They're left to fend for themselves...water was a foot deep in their house...they're outside waving at helicopters...were finally rescued by family on jet ski who had to 'sneak' into the neighborhood b/c the Nat'l Guard wouldnt let them past the road block. Meanwhile, people who lived on Hooker Rd & wasnt flooded was receiving FEMA checks while people north of the Tar River couldnt get to dry land. I agree...I hope nothing like this EVER hits ENC again. Truly sad to see people lose everything.
  • by Surviver on Sep 16, 2009 at 11:21 AM
    ME2 I will explain it is cauld SARCASM!I happen to like George.
  • by ok Location: ayden on Sep 16, 2009 at 09:33 AM
    to Me2, the word speeling is spelling. Don't try correcting people if you cannot spell either. My sis lost 80%, luckily we kind of figured out fast what was happening and was able to get in to Santree and get her and her sons important things. She was one of the blessed ones since she had insurance and supporting family/employer. To many people put to much trust that the government (local/state/federal) will take care of situations. Need to learn to take responsibility for your own.
  • by jim Location: pitt county on Sep 16, 2009 at 09:27 AM
    Hey everyboby knows that the our Presidnts can control the weather and noboby can watch t.v. or hear the radio reports just look to our Gulf coast states and see what they think
  • by BM Location: TARBORO on Sep 16, 2009 at 08:26 AM
    WILL NOT LIVE LONG ENOUGH TO PAY BACK LOAN SO WE COULD HAVE SOMEWHERE TO LIVE. AS FOR FEMA THE HELP WE GOT FROM THEM WAS SOME MONEY TO PAY RENT FOR US SOMEWHERE TO STAY. OUR HOME WAS DESTORED AND WE LOST EVERYTHING JUST LIKE OTHERS DID. I PRAY THIS DOES NOT EVER HAPPEN AGAIN AT LEAST NOT IN MY LIE TIME. WE HAVE ALOT TO BE THANKFUL FOR BECAUSE WE STILL HAVE OUR LIVES. SOME LOST THEIRS AND WILL BE REMEMBERED.
  • by kane on Sep 16, 2009 at 08:10 AM
    How was it Bush's fault? Keep in mind folks, there is nothing in the Constitution dictating that the federal government is responsible for any natural disaster. It was formed in 1979. What did people do prior to 1979? Don't rely on the government. We turn to it TOO MUCH!
  • by Me2 on Sep 16, 2009 at 07:34 AM
    Survivor, you have got to be kidding me, please explain how it is his fault?...by the way the speeling for your word of faught is fault.
  • by enc Location: enc on Sep 16, 2009 at 07:16 AM
    our first newborn was 5 months old...no power ( luckily after a day or two we were able to get a generator..but gas was in SHORT supply )...trying to get water as it was trucked and airlifted in...i remember how surreal it was. luckily a neighbor worked for schwans and we were able to put our frozen goods in his truck. i will need to pull out my "flood of the century" tape and watch it...hopefully nothing like that happens again.
  • by Surviver on Sep 16, 2009 at 06:39 AM
    Bill Clinton was president but is was George Bushs faught.
  • by Forgotten Location: Rocky Mount on Sep 16, 2009 at 06:26 AM
    Who received help from YOUR telethon!!!
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