Hurricane Matthews: Edgecombe County Inspector Is Not Clear On The Inspection Process (Folk Ask Questions & Seek Advice)

I am working hard trying to get the flooded out property repaired and it appears the county inspector has no sympathy for doing what is right.

I have gone to the Edgecombe County Planning & Inspections Office twice when the first time they ought to have given me specifics on the checklist for what I needed to do to get electricity to the house. They act as if I was doing a new construction or a complete construction talking about I needed a temporary pole. I don’t need anything temporary on the property, I am trying to get the property ready so my dad can get back home.

I understand the process went through it in 1999. On October 8, 2016 Hurricane Matthews came through and our property had around a foot and an half of water inside of the house. My dad had to be brought out on a boat because the water outside of the house was around 4 feet. When we were allowed to go to the property around 2 days later, the electricity was working fine, lights on and appliance working. Around a day or 2 later EMC came out they disconnected service to the property.

I went to get a permit to begin the process of repairing the property. I went into the Inspection and Planning Office to fill out paperwork and was told the inspector would be out the following day. Well I was looking for them to leave something at the home to let me know they had been however after not seeing anything and not hearing from anyone I decided to call. I then had to go by the office to pick up the following. I said what is this and the reception couldn’t tell me and an inspector came through and he said I needed a a temporary pole but I said what do I need to do to get the electricity ran directly to the house. I said I need to put on sheetrock and need to make sure the house has electricity before I close in the walls. I then called some electricians and the response I was getting from them didn’t sound good and the main thing is they were talking as if the water had got up to breaker box inside of the house which was far from it. They said they had talked to the county inspections office and they were saying that if the house had a red tag on it then the house needed rewiring. I said the house had a yellow tag. This makes no sense because the county could have looked up my property and gave them the correct answer to the color of the tag that was placed on the property.

The house has new wiring that was installed around 2003 so I know the house didn’t need all new wiring. So in other words the way the checklist is written it leaves room for an electrician to get over on folk.

One electrician came out inspected property and was talking about charging $4300 see below and I said really?

I had an electrician to come out on Friday and another on Saturday and the one on Saturday is coming back to do the work on Tuesday and gave me an estimate of under $500.00. He said all I needed was the service box and the wiring running to the box. He said all the other wiring looked good but after replacing the service and the wiring running to the box they would check to make sure that is all I need. This makes sense. Why they couldn’t say that the first time?




“Buyout Program Option Campaign” To Be Held In Princeville NC On The Street – Really?

imageFirst of all folk look to me to get correct information and good information out. Now this right here, I find quite interesting.

On Saturday morning I heard this meeting announced on WCPS. Later I made a phone call to the number listed to find out it was Rev. Roosevelt Higgs. Well I recognized the number but called to get more information because I wanted to know who were going to be there. I was told it was a campaign kickoff. He said it was a flyer so I asked that he get it to me.

I began to get involved as a community and political activist back in the late 80’s. I committed myself to help make Edgecombe County a better place to live, work and play. I refuse to allow anyone to mislead

It is interesting that Rev. Higgs didn’t even attend the meeting with Governor Pat McCrory and the Flood Committee a little over a week ago. There were questions about the buyout that needed to be answered and the FEMA representative could not truly answer the question. Those who attended the meeting are waiting on the responses to the buyout questions along with some other questions.

One question was if a buyout is offered would the citizens of Princeville be able to participate in the buyout if the Town Commissioners chose not to participate in the buyout. FEMA said they couldn’t answer the question and would get back with an answer. The citizens were not allowed to participate in the buyout in 1999 because the Town Commissioners voted against the buyout.

My concern about the meeting is this being a Rev. Roosevelt Higgs only because over the years there has never been a real meeting of the 2 made up organizations listed. Actually the ECCAAP is something that he cooked up because he has talked so much bull manure about the NAACP. The Tarboro/RMT Edgecombe Ministerial Church Council wow, I don’t know of one church that is a member of it. Actually what church is Rev. Higgs a member of?

The buyout may sound good to some and may not sound good to others. I truly believe it should be based on individuals decision.

I have a house in Pinetops that was flooded and my daddy wants to go back and I am working hard everyday trying to make it happen. Do I want him to go back? No! But whatever makes him happy.

Governor Pat McCrory Flood Recovery Team comes to Edgecombe County. This is my response.

Good morning Mr. Governor, your team, my County Commissioners and others.

My name is Curmilus Dancy II and I worked to help get information out during the 99 flood and doing it again in 2016.

I found out about meeting last night so I had to contact my job to say I was going to attend this meeting. I wish the real folk who are affected was here so you could really hear their cry but they are at work or didn’t know. The timing of these meetings to me not good but thank you for whatever you do.

Thank you for coming. I was affected by the 99 flood and now again in 2016.

In 99 Gov. Jim Hunt came to Pinetops where I lived however I understand we lost 2 children, a man, his wife and daughter and grand daughter. I hope you have been on the ground throughout the county to see the effects.

I have heard there are so much money in the rainy day fund or wherever the legislature has it so since we experienced this in 99 what is the problem?

Also I find it interesting that I see no flood victim from 99 on this committee. However I know Mr. Wadsworth.

I would like to be added to mailing list so I can help get information out to the 1000s of folk whom follow my blog The DCN News Blog Online TV.

Thank you again for coming here today.

Watch the video: Governor Pat McCrory & Flood Recovery Team Comes To Edgecombe County

Tarboro NC – Town hosts flood recovery forum

Edgecombe County residents impacted by Hurricane Matthew are urged to attend a recovery event today.

A flood recovery forum will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Edgecombe County Administrative Building, 201 St. Andrew St. in Tarboro. The event, sponsored by the Edgecombe County Human Relations Commission, Edgecombe County government and town of Tarboro, will have several recovery specialists presenting and providing detail information to people on how they can be assisted during the recovery process.

For more information, contact Glenda Knight at 252-538-1384 or Jamilla Hawkins at 252-641-7824. (Rocky Mount Telegram)

Note: I just don’t understand I have to read about this in the local paper and did not receive this in my inbox but it is all good. I had been telling folk it was 7:00 PM because I had not seen it in writing but hearing it on the radio however I don’t know how I got the time messed up.

Princeville NC: Princeville Town Commissioners Host Flood Recovery Meeting Tuesday November 1, 2016

Princeville Town Commissioners hosted flood recovery meeting at Tarboro High School. Meeting was very informative and the resources did a great job of responding to the questions. There were some questions that could not be responded to last night such as questions about a FEMA Buyout.

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Hurricane Matthews: Pinetops – Flood Recovery Meeting Wednesday November 2, 2016

There will be a flood recovery meeting on Wednesday November 2, 2016 6:00 PM at Pines Chapel Missionary Baptist Church Pinetops NC.

Resources such as FEMA, SBA, Billy Graham/Samaritans and other will be available to help flood victims.

Hurricane Matthews: Princeville NC – Flood Recovery Meeting Tuesday November 1, 2016 7 PM

Princeville Town Government will be hosting a flood recovery meeting on Tuesday November 1, 2016 7:00 PM at Tarboro High School.

Resources such as FEMA, SBA, Billy Graham/Samaritans and other will be available to help flood victims.

Hurricane Matthews: Today Is The 1st Day I Have Seen My Wife And Daughter Since October 7, 2016 One Day Before The Flood

Today I traveled to New Bern NC to pick up my wife. I had took her to New Bern On Friday October 7 because she has been spending time with her mother. I was unable to get there for 2 weeks because of the flooding in that area such as Kinston NC. And then because of here schedule and my schedule I couldn’t get there last weekend.

Today I finally got my dad registered with FEMA after having some issues with registration.

My wife and I are at the Wash House doing laundry, oh I am on the computer. LOL!

I had not told my wife that my dad was at the house because at first he was with his sister. I didn’t want her worrying about him being there and she had not been to the house to fix things. So as we were leaving Greenville late this evening I told her. And she went off on me because she said why I didn’t tell her so she could have came home last weekend but I told her she had some business to handle in New Bern and I was trying to handle my business here with my son and my dad. She come in rearranging things to make my dad comfortable.

Well I am going to work my wife before she goes back to New Bern in a couple of days and where it will be her mother and my daughter and me, my dad and my son on this end.

In times like these this is when family suppose to stick together.

On tomorrow I suppose to meet with some contractors to get estimates of what it is going to take to put the house back together. My dad has a doctor’s appointment and I hope FEMA call while I am out so maybe I can take care of numerous things on tomorrow.

I sure hope things get back to some type of normalcy soon however it is what it is. We have to do what we have to do especially taking care of our parents.

It is a blessing to have parents and to be able to do for them.

Hurricane Matthews: Princeville NC Distribution Centers Are Located At Gateway To Heaven And St. Luke Church of Christ Both In Princeville

Distribution Centers & Donations

Please direct all monetary donations to the NC Community Foundation. The contact is Ms. Kelly Lee.

Please direct other donations to our donation center – 295 Lakeside Drive, Tarboro, NC 27886.

Our distribution centers will be located at Gateway Church and St. Luke Church of CHRIST, both located in our town.

The kind-hearted people who made these donations requested they be distributed to Princeville residents only; therefore, when you arrive at the distribution centers, please have your FEMA number and proof of residence.

Thanks for understanding.

Bobbie Darnell Jones

Hurricane Matthews: Princeville NC – Leaders debate rebuilding merits

The Watch Dog response: I feel strongly that folk whom do not live in Princeville can have an opinion however their opinion can be ignant as hell. Why do Roosevelt Higgs feel he know what is best for the town of Princeville just because he is trying to get his 1 minute of fame? I have seen him that local racist tv station calling in with his ignant comments and they eat that mess up. I have not seen him at the 2 meetings that I have videoed so it is interesting how he made it into this article. It should be the citizens of Princeville whom should be taken seriously about what they want to see for the future of Princeville. Now some may want to go and some may want to stay so therefore it should be a town thing and an individual thing. As a flood victim in 1999 when I was living in the house that was given to me by my dad, this time my dad was living there. I have an opinion about my house in Pinetops Bynum Farm Road but I can not speak for the folk in Princeville and dare to unless given permission. Unless there is a FEMA buyout put on the table, the folk need to have one thing on their mind and that is flood recovery. This means whatever it takes to get back to normal be it rehabbing, replacing or moving out of the town. What I find that is disgusting is that Higgs is the Democratic Party chair and is doing nothing, has not Democratic Headquarters and just nothing going on but he is all into Princeville and their flood recovery. Higgs you need to be focusing on the election because the Bobbie Jones Mayor of Princeville, Commissioner Milton Bullock and the other commissioner along with the town manager will do what they need to do as it relates to the Princeville flood recovery.

By Lindell John Kay
Staff Writer

Thursday, October 27, 2016

PRINCEVILLE — Residents are moving back into less damaged parts of town while officials debate the merits of rebuilding in the same low-lying area and a state lawmaker calls for a special session of the N.C. General Assembly to fund Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts.

Residents of Southern Terrace and other subdivisions have been allowed to return to their homes to begin repairs. Some residents with severely damaged homes are still waiting for the go-ahead from officials to return.

“We’re looking at days, not weeks,” Mayor Bobbie Jones said.

National Guard engineers have pumped millions of gallons of water out of the town, but the sewage system needs to be repaired before the remainder of the town’s residents can move out of shelters and back home.

Inspectors have gone house to house evaluating damages, Town Manager Daniel Gerald said.

Floodwaters reached about 7 feet high on Main Street. Jones said he believes once officials receive federal money to extend the dike and raise it another 5 feet, this sort of storm will not damage the town again.

Princeville was flooded in 1999 by Hurricane Floyd, which left up to 11 feet of water standing in the town for nine days. Hurricane Matthew’s floodwaters from the Tar River went around the 37-foot-high dike, rebuilt after Floyd, but reached only 36.1 feet and did not breach it.

Jones said he plans for the town to remain in the same historic location.

Opinion on whether to stay put was split at a town meeting earlier this week at the Edgecombe Administration Building in Tarboro.

Resident Calvin Sherrod said he had no plans to move.

“At my age I ain’t going nowhere,” Sherrod said. “You can’t run from a flood.”

Edgecombe County resident Rev. Roosevelt Higgs said he does not understand why Princeville residents would choose to live in the spot of two major floods in less than 20 years.

“When the freed slaves founded Princeville, they didn’t have much of a choice where to build a town,” Higgs said. “But they have a choice now. They need to move up out of that hole.”

Town Commissioner Milton Bullock said town officials need to look at Princeville’s flooding history and unpredictable future.

“It is far too soon to be presuming the destiny of the town of Princeville, as indicated by Gov. Pat McCrory and current Town Manager Daniel Gerald and Mayor Bobbie Jones,” Bullock said via email. “The preconceived notion of ‘rebuilding Princeville’ is noble as well as a highly commendable idea and should be good news to everybody who was affected. Yet we must be ever so careful as a hurting community during this travesty, not to be hasty in our presumptive decision making.”

Bullock said town officials should not rush to judgment before a dialogue with the citizens of Princeville, since it should be their collective decision after hearing from federal agencies of the pros and cons of rebuilding in the same low-lying location.

“Such hasty actions during 1999 Hurricane Floyd puts (us) where we (are) today, ignoring the people’s collective thoughts and opinions relative to FEMA’s offer to buy out and relocate the community,” Bullock said.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency did offer to finance a move of the entire town to higher ground in the aftermath of Hurricane Floyd. That offer was rejected.

Gerald said FEMA has not made such a proposal so far this time around.

“I’ve received no information about buyouts,” Gerald said. “So I’m coming at it like we need to move in and start the process to fix the town.”

While residents decide their future, they need immediate help in the present, N.C. Rep. Erica Smith-Ingram, D-Northampton, said.

“We had a special session for HB2 and redistricting, there was a special session for Floyd recovery in 1999, we need a special session now,” Smith-Ingram said Monday during the Princeville town meeting

Smith-Ingram, whose N.C. House District 3 covers Edgecombe County, said Princeville residents need help now.

Edgecombe County has been approved for the Emergency Food Assistance Program. Edgecombe County Department of Social Services has two locations to assist affected residents in signing up for the program: Riverside Mall on Western Boulevard and the DSS Building at on South Fairview Road in Rocky Mount. Hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Monday. (Rocky Mount Telegram)

Hurricane Matthews: Edgecombe County Approved For The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

Edgecombe County, NC

Edgecombe County has been approved for The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). The Edgecombe County Dept. Of Social Services will have two locations to assist citizens in signing up for the program.
1.DSS Building at 301 S Fairview Rd, Rocky Mount, NC 27801
2. Riverside Mall on Western Blvd/64 alt. Tarboro, NC, 27886
Hours of operation will be from 7:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m. Thursday October 27th – Monday October 31st.

Hurricane Matthews: Princeville NC Under Water Again After Floyd Hit 17 Years Ago

Herman Myers shared UNC-TV‘s video.



October 20 at 12:49pm ·

Seventeen years ago Hurricane Floyd all but washed away the historic town of Princeville in Edgecombe County. Princeville, recorded as the oldest town in the US to be chartered by freed African American slaves, is set on the banks of the Tar River. Once again residents find their town engulfed by those waters and evacuated from their homes.

My Home, NC set out with the National Guard to see how they are managing to help amid dangerous conditions and get the people of Princeville on the road to recovery and home.

Hurricane Matthews: Princeville NC – All Citizens Were Allowed To Return To Their Homes But The Signs On The Homes Tell The Story

Citizens allowed to return to their homes but the signs tell whether they can stay, visit or not enter their homes.
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