Pender County – Community of Maple Hill
Hurricane Floyd devastated eastern North Carolina in September of 1999, damaging or destroying approximately 20,000 uninsured homes and inflicting $6 billion in damages. Communities of color and economically disadvantaged areas were disproportionately affected by the hurricane and associated flooding, and they faced greater barriers to receiving disaster relief funds than their wealthier counterparts. A decade after Hurricane Floyd, the community of Maple Hill is still feeling the aftereffects of the flooding. Despite the enormous amount of natural disaster resources sent to eastern North Carolina, only a small portion of these funds reached the town. Now those resources have been exhausted, and residents remain concerned about health effects resulting from houses damaged by flood waters and contaminated by mold and mildew.
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