Tyrrell County Hit By Tornadoes & Irene Flooding

Tyrrell County got hit not once but twice from a confirmed tornado before Irene and then flooding from the storm.

The Columbia town manager says over 80% of homes have had water inside of them.

Along main street business owners worked hard to clean up from the flooding. Layers of mud were left inside once the water receded. Water stayed inside of the businesses and homes for about a hour-and-half before the tide went out.

Also hit were two schools. Columbia High School and Columbia Middle School. They both had over 14 inches of water inside of them and school is canceled until September 6th.


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  • by Washington Location: Co Resident on Aug 31, 2011 at 01:18 PM
    I would like to say that our Emergency Management Person is an amazing person and has a heart of gold. She does an awesome job for our County and our Town Manager does what he is paid to do we are just fine here in Washington County with these people. Thanks Anonymous from Columbia.
  • by anonymous Location: columbia on Aug 31, 2011 at 11:58 AM
    Attention Washington co. In order to be mentioned on witn 7 get a town/county manager that cares.. or an emergency manager that will take money out of his own pocket to buy propane gas for a forklift that is not benefiting him at all.
  • by Mitchell Collins Location: Plymouth,N.C. on Aug 30, 2011 at 10:58 PM
    Calvin n Lena im sorry for your lost yall are truly blessed im also sorry for other family and friends lost God was with everyone i hope for the best for Tyrrell County as a whole
  • by Washington County on Aug 30, 2011 at 10:14 PM
    I know Tyrrell got hit hard , but there is no mention of Washington County anywhere , how about the tornado that hit Big Ms , Creswell Furniture and the Grain bins?
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      by Well on Aug 31, 2011 at 04:37 AM in reply to Washington County
      At least those were businesses and were not someones daily dwelling with their personal belongings. Also, none of those structures were nearly damaged as bad as some of the homes. When your home is nothing but a pile in and around the road... it's different.
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        by CritterLover on Aug 31, 2011 at 05:34 AM in reply to Well
        Very different. Sorry, but businesses are just that--businesses. That's people's lives piled up on the side of the road--water logged photographs, clothes, furniture...everything they've worked hard for.
  • by concerned Location: columbia on Aug 30, 2011 at 08:33 PM
    My prayers are with the people that lost their homes. It is a blessing that no lives were lost.Material things can be replaced,but a life cannot! I continue to pray for everyone. Through it all, GOD is telling ALL of HIS people to pull together.We are all blessed and IF we can't see that by now, I don't know what it will take! My prayers are with EVERYONE!
  • by Wharf Rat Location: Manteo on Aug 30, 2011 at 08:20 PM
    A friend and co-worker was hit by this tornado. I came by on U.S. 64 heading back to Manteo and saw this first-hand. His house looked like it had been put in a giant blender and dumped on U.S. 64.
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