On a national scale, Hurricane Matthew doesn’t prompt quite the response as historic storms like Sandy, Katrina and Andrew. But to North Carolina residents, Matthew was every bit as catastrophic. Even now — six months after the hurricane made landfall — hundreds of people are still living in temporary shelters.
That’s why FEMA and Congress should renew efforts to help North Carolina build back from this horrible disaster, as Gov. Roy Cooper recently requested.
As reported by Telegram staff writer Lindell John Kay, Cooper has asked for almost $1 billion in federal disaster relief funds to help victims of Hurricane Matthew. (Read more)
The Watch Dog response: For all of my Princeville friends, this thing is real and it ain’t just an issue in Princeville. The town of Princeville need to submit their plan and see what the NC General Assembly and all the resources involved will respond.
Almost nothing has changed in downtown Fair Bluff since Hurricane Matthew sent the Lumber River out of its banks and three feet deep into the businesses that lined Main Street last October.
A few of the century-old buildings have been emptied out, but dried river mud coats the warped floors and black mold laces the walls. Ruined paint cans and brushes sit on the shelves at Ellis Meares & Son True Value, and in a shop where former mayor Randy Britt once sold women’s Sunday dresses, the chrome racks stand empty. With power still out to most of downtown, even the clock on the post outside what used to be Elvington Pharmacy is frozen in time.
“I do worry about the future of Fair Bluff,” said Micheal Green, who had MikeMike’s Computers at 1122 Main St. before the flood and has been unable to reopen. “I worry about it a lot.”
State and local officials are worried about Fair Bluff too, along with other towns and business districts in Eastern North Carolina that were hit hard by flooding from Hurricane Matthew at perhaps the most vulnerable time in their civic lives. Much of rural Eastern North Carolina had suffered huge losses when manufacturing jobs left the state in the 1980s and ’90s. That was followed by the devastation of Hurricane Floyd in 1999 and, starting in 2007, the Great Recession. (Read more)
Congressman G.K. Butterfield listened to the folk today however only a couple of folk spoke up.
The Town of Princeville got to have a plan.
So what is the plan?
If you had insurance and your insurance states what they are to cover, if they don’t then you have a legal issue.
Congress along with President T. says they are going to do something with infrastructure and Congressman Butterfield said he was going to request monies for infrastructure in his district.
But do ya’ll not understand that in 1999 the Democrats were in control? Do you not know that in North Carolina and in Washington DC that the Republicans are in control? So to keep talking about what happened in 1999 vs 2016 is null and void because as you see things are totally different.
The best thing folk can do is to be true to themselves. Think about what they are saying because whether one like it or not insurance companies, FEMA and others that you are dealing with have guidelines so it is what it is. More than likely they are not going to change them in the middle of the game in your favor so you will have to accept what they offer because it is what it is.
Now before you get it twisted I was a flood victim in 1999 and in 2016.
MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEMBERS
Bobbie Jones, Mayor
Linda Joyner, Mayor ProTem
JoeRoam Myrick, Commissioner
Milton Bullock, Commissioner
Pamela Ransome, Commissioner
Town of Princeville
CHARTERED IN 1885
OFFICE OF THE TOWN MANAGER
Daniel B. Gerald, MPA,
Interim Town Clerk
Gina Cain, Town Attorney
ATTENTION ALL PRINCEVILLE RESIDENTS
There is a mandatory meeting for all residents of Princeville who are interested in the three Mitigation options to include Mitigation/home reconstruction and raising, Elevation/home rising, and Acquisition/buyout options. Mayor, Citizens and Congressman G.K. Butterfield, will all come together on the date of April 18, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 201 S. Main Street at Town Hall in Princeville (look for the white tent). Please come out. We look to see you there! If you have any further questions, people feel free to call 252-823-1057.
3003 North Main Street
Tarboro, NC 27886
P.O. Box 1527
Princeville, NC 27886
The Watch Dog response: This is very interesting. I feel that these types of studies need to be done in all areas affected by the floods such as in Pinetops as well. It is my belief that somebody knew that Princeville, Bynum Farm Road and other areas that flood should not had been zoned for housing anyway. But the owners of certain areas were allowed to get paid. The towns and the counties where these floods occur should be made to do something that will possibly eliminate the flooding or declare them not livable so the folk can move out of harms way.
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Edgecombe County, NC_____(Princeville to be specific) “God Is My Witness” says Commissioner Milton Bullock of Ward 1 in devastated Town of Princeville which has repetitiously been known for flooding that dates back as far as the 1700’s. Native born; Commissioner Bullock who has been wearing various hats in his role of trying to expedite the return and the recovery of many of his constituents back to their homes has noticed with intensity the lack there of; and the presence of slowness retarded progression of resolving the situation plaguing the community of Princeville. With his residence being inspected and tagged 10/24/16 with a “Green Tag” meaning that the house he is living in was habitable and no visible flood water had entered residence! This was considered by Commissioner Bullock, as nothing short of a ‘Gifted Blessing from God Himself’!
Moving back in with minor damages, he had to schedule inspections by FEMA policy in order to assess the damages for repair. Bullock says he had two FEMA Inspectors (at different times) to come out and do their inspections. The first, (a male) Inspector gave Commissioner Bullock a passing grade of ‘no water entered and there was no water in the duct work under the house nor any water entered into the HVAC unit. Another proclaimed blessing! A month later it is ordered by FEMA policy to have another inspection. This was performed by a (female) who also gave the the same approval as mentioned prior. So with two Professional Inspectors referred by and representing FEMA, he had nothing to second guess about the safety of his resident. [All False Pretense being lead by Misinformation] that could’ve contributed to his death over a period of a very short time.
A very short time had he not been approached 3 months later by an independent contractor that was inspecting the actual damages of the HVAC unit for ‘repairs’ that were recommended by both FEMA Inspectors. It isn’t any wonder that these FEMA Inspectors Nationwide has been instructed to cut costs at any and by any means necessary-regardless of safety and security and health of the individual families being unconsciously yet deliberately “SHAFTED!” So during the (3) Independent Contractor inspection of the work, he advises me with a question “Mr. Bullock, did you know you had water in your duct work under your house?” I was baffled to no end, for I would have betted anyone that my house was safe and there were no sign of water to be found anywhere!” He ask me to come to the crawl hole beneath the house and took his screwdriver and pointed to me and asked did the previous inspectors show me the sagging ducts while punching a hole in one and releasing about 2-3 gallons of water that wasn’t supposed to have been there.
I wasn’t totally shocked, but more amazed with fear of what I could have been breathing with the hot summer months coming in spring and the heat and the mold and the bacteria manifesting the toxic spores of mole and only God knows what else; and my already compromised pulmonary breathing issues; inhaling and exhaling such deadly invisible fumes! FYI. I’m suggesting and revealing this (perhaps) ‘news breaking’ info for the residents of this area. For I’m sure these same criminal, malfeasant practices of omission were practiced during-“Hurricane KATRINA” and obviously continuing in all the other natural disasters that happened throughout North America! I have one last word of hope for folks like myself who have been left out in the forest without a leg to stand on; that perhaps our last hope via “President Donald Trump” (with God’s Intervention) will receive my letter of invite to come and [Drain The Real SWAMP] while mustering the “WILL POWER” to pull all the covers off of each and every culprits and their corruptive behavior and expose them to the World!
I just pray and hope that those of you who were lead to think your house was adequately being inspected didn’t buy the ‘Pig In The Bag’ just because the seller looked like they were the ‘Real Deal’! If this isn’t a first class act of fraud and deception meriting a class action legal reaction I’d draw my conclusion that this must be my imagination! But I for one among a few know better! And they say; “The Is America” makes one really and truly wonder about the statement. To God BE All The GLORY as we tread with HIM through these perilous times.
Milton Bullock / Contributing Writer
Commissioner of Historical Princeville, NC
“Quote”: This is an awesome gift dedicated and donated to the Residents of Princeville, and on their behalf, we’re truly grateful beyond our wildest imagination to The Caterpillar Industry, Inc. for their ‘new’ gift to the Town of Princeville. Please know that we; as the administration will strive effortless to raise the necessary funds to erect a building to house the invaluable equipment! As this should motivate as well as energize us to want to protect our equipment from the unpredictable-weather-elements that can devalue and ultimately impair the usefulness of their purpose. I Commissioner Bullock do plan on attending the welcoming/arriving ceremonies of the Caterpillar Equipment-‘The Back Hoe’ on next Tuesday the 10th @ 10:00 A.M.