Neighborhood Nearly Washed Off The Map

Some areas are cleaning up after Hurricane Irene, but others may never bounce back.

Hickory Point in Aurora in Beaufort County is one of several neighborhoods nearly washed off the map.

Families evacuated the Hickory Point area only to come back to find the entire neighborhood destroyed. Trees are snapped, homes crushed, others completely washed away.

Tim Jackson and Cindy Hendrick have a house full of stuff -- mostly their neighbor's stuff, washed in during the storm. They say some day they might pick up the pieces and move on. For now, they're just picking through the pieces. Tim says, "We're searching through memorabilia stuff right now. I mean, we lost all our furniture, our appliances, washer, dryer, everything is gone."

Like most of their neighbors, repairs won't be an option. Kelly Clark says she'll "Bulldoze it down or push it down and start over."

For some people, Hickory Point was just their getaway spot here in Aurora. Others lived here year round -- or did. Now they're not sure what they'll do.

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  • by walt Location: not nc on Sep 3, 2011 at 01:33 PM
    This is a tough situation for all the people hurt by this storm. As far as rebuilding, as a taxpayer I would like to see the Federal Government get out of the flood insurance business. We should not underwrite building in any area whether it is viewed as a hazard or not (Tornado, earthquake, hurricane etc). When the Fed flood Insurance pays out it should come with the understanding that we will not insure you in the future. Oceanfront, soundside, or any flood prone area in NY, NJ etc, etc. it should not matter Let the market determine the risk and price insurance accordingly. We should have done the same thing after Katrina but instead we rebuilt a city below sea-level...not a good use of our $$. I love NC.
  • by And so it is.... on Sep 1, 2011 at 10:36 AM
    Seems judgement has been spoken against the leaders of Aurora and as usual, the innocent citizens are the ones hurt. TIME TO WAKE UP AURORA! WHERE is your mayor? Oh that's right, he was trying to SELL a generator to Aurora EMS instead of letting them borrow it!
  • by Courtney Location: Kinston on Sep 1, 2011 at 09:44 AM
    I don't live in the Aurora area and I don't have family there, but my husband and our family often travel down there several times during the fall for fishing. It is a beautiful area and we love going there. It is very painful, rude and insensitive how people are treating the residents of that area who lost everything but their lives. This is the point in time where we are supposed to be gathering together to bring each other up not tearing each other down. I don't hear anyone telling California to evacuate even though science has proven there will be an earthquake that will wipe them off the map. Turn to our brothers & sisters & offer them a helping hand a warm meal or just some support. Aurora you and your neighbors are in my prayers. I'm sorry for your loss and wish you a speedy recovery.
  • by Tom Location: Rocky Mount on Sep 1, 2011 at 06:52 AM
    Let's see if we use the theroy that "they shouldn't build there" thought process, then those who had tornadoes hit, or a bad thunderstorm, or even an earth quake shouldn't build there either. Your comments about shouldn't build there are crap. It was a terrible thing these people are going through and that is all you can say. Our prayers are with you during this devastating time.
  • by Bob Location: Elgin IL on Aug 31, 2011 at 08:07 PM
    My late aunt and uncle built their "dream" cottage at Hickory Point about 60-65 years ago. I used to go there as a youngster and even as of a few years ago we enjoyed being there again. My cousin was living there about half the year and planned to make it her permanent residence. It was truly a slice of Heaven. So sad to see this wonderful oasis destroyed as it holds some of my best childhood memories. My heart goes out to all the folks down there. NC is still home! God Bless you all!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 31, 2011 at 04:11 PM
    I would love to see WITN and other media concentrate on the town of Aurora and not just the waterfront property in Aurora.
  • by Global warming has been proven Location: enc on Aug 31, 2011 at 01:23 PM
    Don't stick your head in the sand like an ignorant ostrich. You will be hammered again- sooner or later it will be much worse than this. One neighbor would rather remodel her home interior than pay to cut down a tree that keeps dropping limbs through her roof. That's pure ignorance. She used her retirement 401k to pay for it too. DUMB!
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      by An ostrich is smarter than you. on Sep 1, 2011 at 06:13 AM in reply to Global warming has been proven
      come on dude. Global warming will happen with or without us ostriches.This is an important discussion about the properties of hickory point. usually some DUMMY will interject with their idiocy. Poof there you are. The fact is lighting will strike your house eventually. You should tear it down and move. Your car will eventually run empty. You should buy a bike. Your bike will eventually be stolen. You should build a fence around your adobe hut. Your adobe will eventually dry up enough (because of global warming) that your adobe hut will dry out and return to the earth. maybe you should go to the moon. and at some point your old body will wither and die. maybe you should go ahead and.... just kidding please don't do that. I am however wanting you to know your opinions mean nothing, much like mine.
  • by Anon Location: Washington on Aug 31, 2011 at 09:44 AM
    Many good memories in Hickory Point. So sad to see it destroyed like that.
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      by Me too on Aug 31, 2011 at 03:24 PM in reply to Anon
      Usually a quiet fun Summer place. We're rich with memories that can't be erased.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 31, 2011 at 08:28 AM
    global warming will make these storms more frequent and intense. you've been warned.
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      by Anon on Aug 31, 2011 at 10:22 AM in reply to
      Shut up... Global warming is voodoo and false science
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        by Peggy on Aug 31, 2011 at 02:11 PM in reply to Anon
        riiiight... and the earth is flat.
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          by Anonymous on Aug 31, 2011 at 03:39 PM in reply to Peggy
          There is a lot of ignorance in Eastern NC.
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      by Jarvis Landing on Aug 31, 2011 at 11:22 AM in reply to
      Gosh, thanks for the support. Hope you never have something bad happen to you and then have some kind person say, "you've been warned". Very helpful.
  • by Jarvis Landing (resident) Location: AURORA on Aug 31, 2011 at 07:57 AM
    Are you serious people? Some people lost everything thing they worked hard for, lost memories, etc! I personally lived in a house that has been there 60 years, never has it flooded, where there was water in our home. and no its not on stilts! This is a diaster, time of pain and suffering. We really do not need someone to tell us off, or that this is a good thing. We are blessed to have our lives at this point, and we are going through enough losing everything we own, we dont need ignorant comments!
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      by Proud "Aurorian" on Aug 31, 2011 at 06:00 PM in reply to Jarvis Landing (resident)
      THANK U FOR THE SUPPORT!! My daughter and I live, or did live, at Aurora Beach with my grandparents. I'm disgusted at some of the comments posted here! Everyone needs help in Eastern NC right now, some more than others. HOWEVER, the least anyone could do is not mock our losses and suffering as if it's some kind of retribution for living in the only place we can afford!
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