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CWFNC stands with our allies in eastern NC

Princeville Flooding

Princeville in 1999 after Hurricane Floyd (top) and after Hurricane Matthew (bottom). Photos credited to Chris Tyree/Virginia Pilot and Jonathan Drake/Reuters.

The devastation in communities in eastern NC from Hurricane Matthew is historic and overwhelming. We know that many communities – many of them communities of color or low-income communities – are still feeling the worst of the flooding’s effects. For example, Princeville, the oldest U.S. town incorporated by African Americans which was settled by freed slaves after the Civil War, suffered severe flooding by the second supposedly 500-year storm in only 17 years (see photos, right).

Some of the biggest short-term environmental justice / health concerns for communities at this time include:

Flooded hog lagoon hurricane matthew

A flooded hog lagoon in Wayne County, NC. Photo credit: Rick Dove, Waterkeeper Alliance.

In both the short and long term, we stand with these communities as they face many environmental risks. We hope that in the wake of a natural disaster of this magnitude, NC decision makers will seek to enact policies that will make the state more prepared and the environment more secure from potentially harmful substances.

If you wish to help communities affected by the storm, here are just a few of the many organizations receiving donations for flood relief for areas hit by post-Matthew flooding:

  • Burnt Swamp Baptist Association is providing hot meals in Robeson County. Mail checks to Burnt Swamp Baptist Association, PO BOX 1207, Pembroke, NC 28732 (“flood relief” in memo), or email Brandi Brooks at brandibrooksdavis@gmail.com for information on donating online.
  • Rebuilding Broken Places, CDC is accepting donations to provide hot meals for Wayne County residents in need. Mail checks to Rebuilding Broken Places, CDC 2105 N. Williams Street Goldsboro, NC 27530 or donate online at www.rbpcdc.org.
  • Salvation Army (specify flood relief): http://bit.ly/2dKhhuD or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.
  • The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina is asking for donations of food and money.The group is accepting donations of canned fruits and vegetables, pasta, rice and other food items, as well as baby formula, diapers and other supplies for infants and children. Items can be dropped off at any of the Food Bank’s six locations in North Carolina. In Raleigh, items can be dropped off at 3808 Tarheel Drive. View a full list of requested items, or donate money online here. Donations can also be sent via mail to any of the Food Bank’s locations with the memo line “Matthew.”

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