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K.002.013. Southern Communities: Listening for a Change: Voices after the Deluge: Oral History Investigations of the Great North Carolina Flood

Interviews with flood victims, rescue workers, relief workers, ministers, farmers, farm workers, small-business owners, environmental monitors, and political leaders in eastern North Carolina about the devastating flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Floyd. In the fall of 1999, soon after the flood, the Southern Oral History Program set out to document the catastrophe and to assess the environmental, political, and economic consequences of the disaster, as well as its impact on individual lives. Many broad themes emerged from the interviews: the sweeping toll of the flood on human lives; the disruptions to community and sense of place; the character of political response to the disaster at local, state, and national levels; public health and environmental issues arising from the flooding; the effect of the disaster on the region's most vulnerable residents, including children, the elderly, and lower-income families, and the experiences of relief workers. Interviews by Jay Barnes for his book, Faces From the Flood: Hurricane Floyd Remembered, explore the impact of the floods and offer parallels between memory of the hurricane and memory of other recent tragedies, particularly the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001. Accompanied by photographer Rob Amberg, project coordinator Charlie Thompson led the effort. UNC-Chapel Hill doctoral student Katie Otis and award-winning North Carolina reporter Leda Hartman also conducted interviews. Interviews by Jay Barnes were conducted with emergency workers, community volunteers, business owners, and survivors.

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