BEAUFORT COUNTY: Houses Missing In Aurora

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

When hurricane Irene blew past Beaufort county, entire neighborhoods were destroyed. Aurora Beach on the south side of the Pamlico River was hit hard.

Between the wind and the violent storm surge, many homes along the water didn't stand a chance in Irene's path. We saw a house torn in half. Neighbors say that isn't the craziest sight. What's really got them talking are the homes they can't even find.

A cinder block foundation was found, but no home in sight. Same story next door. With damage this extensive, they don't even know where to start.
"I guess you have to start over. Especially the houses that are gone. I don't even know if anybody can rebuild, I mean without having to start from scratch," said Christy Harding.

More than a dozen homes once lined Aurora beach, each one now damaged or completely destroyed.

Now, some of the homeowners had insurance, though not all. Many we spoke with say they will eventually rebuild.

Another problem they're facing is a bridge to their homes on highway 306 near the aurora ferry was destroyed. Nearby Potash Corp has opened one of its private roads to homeowners and emergency crews.

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  • by Lynn on Sep 2, 2011 at 12:22 PM
    And EXCUSE me anon..first off anonymity is for cowards! I grew up in Aurora and it just like EVERY place has its issues!! There is not a place in this world that doesn't have poverty, drugs, crime, or people who hide behind a screen of anonymity to launch angry or hurtful comments such as yours. You want to talk about the Lord fine well I am too. According to Ephesians, our words should edify and impart grace (4:29). If you or anyone refuse to use their name, then there is reason to believe the motive is to hurt rather than to help! Which we all should be using encouraging words instead of pointing out faults. I hope that Nothing like this ever happens to you! I have seen the hurt and pain that it has caused and it is truly awful! My prayers go out to all those who have been directly effected by the hurricane if you recieve assistance from the govt or not!!!! Prayers Up!!!!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Sep 2, 2011 at 12:04 PM
    I grew up at Isle Vue Beach and its true, there are several houses at hickory point that are GONE. My dad who is still there is shocked at the sights!! Its so sad but as I know its the price you pay for water front property. Mother Nature always wins!
  • by Anonymous Location: aurora on Sep 1, 2011 at 04:49 PM
    i have to agree! we all have the ones that dont live in the area need to keep their mouth to theirself! if it hasnt happen to u then u dont know how to react!
  • by Aurora Redident Location: Aurora on Sep 1, 2011 at 09:20 AM
    Sometimes I wish Aurora was part of Pamlico County instead of Beaufort County. We Aurorans always get treated like third class citizens compared to the Chocowinity, Bath, and Belhaven people who get treated like second class citizens, and the Washington people who get the special treatment. This has a lot to do with why if I want to go shopping and be around either waterfront with restaurants, I'll go to New Bern instead of Washington. New Bern is a much better town with a much better waterfront than Washington.
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      by Ethel on Sep 2, 2011 at 07:06 AM in reply to Aurora Redident
      I am so in tune with your observation Aurora Resident.
  • by resident Location: aurora on Aug 31, 2011 at 06:39 PM
    Aurora may have its problems, but tell me a place where humans exist that there are not problems. I am proud of my little town. We were clearing the roads and taking care of each other 3 days before government help arrived. Wasn't no Katrina situation going on here. We took care of ourselves and even when help arrived, they weren't mobbed. everything seemed to go nice and smooth. Piggly Wiggly was giving out ice to residents to help out, Nat jr himself was there helping out. Way to pull together Aurora, I'm proud of all ya"ll
  • by TO Location: Jarvis Landing on Aug 31, 2011 at 09:52 AM
    Our family and friends lost homes on Jarvis landing as did people all over Beaufort County. Jarvis landing was a quiet and friendly place. Residents took care of their property and watched out for their neighbors. It was truly a place you could go and forget the stresses of daily life and enjoy the simple pleasures. I hope this place of peace returns.
  • by JB Location: Home on Aug 31, 2011 at 03:54 AM
    To anonymous:How dare you judge a whole people by a few.If this this storm was a test,the people in AURORA PASTED.There are down powerlines,houses washed away.bridges out,water suply bad.But,we are still here. Because,there is someone greater than you who cares.We were on the map before PCS and we will be here after PCS.[I am 60 like many here]worked all my life and paid taxes.FEMA checks is just a small return.
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      by Anonymous on Aug 31, 2011 at 07:36 AM in reply to JB
      Um.... Passed??
  • by Kaye on Aug 30, 2011 at 10:08 PM
    To Anonymous How dare you! There are a lot of good people in the Aurora area and they do not deserve your judgment. It is people like you who tarnish the name of Christ. He did not send this hurricane to punish anyone. It was a force of nature and if you were not so busy judging you would look around you and see the many ways he has protected and blessed people during this terrible time -- including those in Aurora.
  • by jaurora Location: aurora on Aug 30, 2011 at 09:08 PM
    Yes Anonymous, Aurora like all other towns has it problems with drugs,crime and some just pure laziness,but it still does not make the hardships that each and every resident is enduring any less. There are 3 separate sub-divisions on Hickory Point Road and each and every sub-division lost whole houses and their lives will always be scarred. To correct you there are many business owners, disabled, and retired residents who have been been hurt and we will not be getting the assistance, nor spending goverment money as you believe. Do not judge a whole community by one person.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 30, 2011 at 02:30 PM
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      by Joe on Aug 30, 2011 at 06:25 PM in reply to
      While Aurora has a drug problem, it is no larger or smaller a problem them any other small town in Eastern NC. There are plenty of good people in Aurora and all over the east that lost a lot. Not just the "drug dealers" and "crack heads".
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      by your sick! on Aug 30, 2011 at 08:13 PM in reply to
      I can't even believe what I am reading! At a time like this, all you can say is something as ignorant sounding as this! Come on now, how insensative can you really be???? Have a heart and offer to help those people, no matter what personal beliefs you have towards them. I hope that you never have to have something devistate your life and have to read comments like this from someone as stupid sounding as you! Wow, the world sure does have a lot of different kinds of people. Thank God all of them are NOT like you!
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      by Mandy on Sep 2, 2011 at 12:10 PM in reply to
      I'm sorry to tell you but any town you goto has a drug problem so don't just judge Aurora! It is very sad that you would come up here and say things like that when not just drug dealers are the ones that are sufforing from this storm, but people all down the east coast! Maybe instead of coming up here judging people by the way they live or make their money you could go out there and do something usefull like help everyone who is needing it!
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      by Brandy on Sep 4, 2011 at 08:10 AM in reply to
      I think you are a JERK!!!!!! I live in Aurora, my house was flooded, I had 8 animals to die and I lost everything I own. I have NEVER touched a drud in my life. I think you should keep you opinions to yourself there are a lot of GOOD people in Aurora who are not crackheads as you called us. It is amazing to see the people who are volunteering to help the people of Aurora and then you see people like you who have no clue what your are talking about. Just remember the Lord does work in mysterious ways and what goes around comes around!
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