EASTERN CAROLINA, NC (WITN) - One year ago today, people across the east were bracing for the arrival of Hurricane Florence.
The powerful storm made landfall near Wrightsville Beach on September 14, bringing record rainfall and flooding to the area.
Record-breaking flood levels were reached in Duplin County and Trenton, with the NE Cape Fear River cresting at 24.75 feet and the Trent River cresting at 29.25 feet.
The hurricane is being remembered as the costliest disaster in state history. More than $1.2 billion has been provided federally to help North Carolinians get back on their feet. That includes $128 million in Individual Assistance grants and $394.1 million in Small Business Administration disaster loans for more than 9,000 homeowners, renters and businesses.
Florence prompted large scale search and rescue efforts, including more than 5,200 rescues and evacuations, with 15,000 people seeking emergency shelter.
While the storm was devastating, it was followed by resiliency and kindness, as thousands of volunteers stepped in to help those impacted.
In total, 44 lives were claimed as a result of the storm.