Hurricane Florence

Cheated Out of Their Homes

“I’m not against integration, but I think people are being cheated out of their homes.” Her mother’s home was condemned. Then her uncle’s. Ophelia Chambers’ family homestead has been in the same location off of Bridges Street in Morehead City, NC for at least 4 generations. In the wake of Hurricane Florence, her traditionally African…

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The House, It Couldn’t Breathe

It’s been nearly two years since Hurricane Florence flooded the Maple Hill neighborhood in Pender County, NC. But Arlisha Hill’s home is still far from repaired. Hill was ready to resume life as normal. She moved back into her partially repaired home this April – thinking construction would continue and she’d be living in a…

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White Stocking Resident Still Out of Home: Hurricane then COVID-19

Jacqueline has been repairing her home from Hurricane Florence since September 2018. During those two years she has stayed with family, gone through the FEMA trailer program and then bought a travel trailer of her own – all while her home was still being repaired. Now, because of Covid-19, the nearly two-year repair process is…

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Drug Use, Hurricane Florence, & COVID-19

Illicit drug users face unique challenges during disasters like Hurricane Florence and COVID-19. What happens when dealers leave town or shelter-in-place? How do overdose rates change? Find out on this week’s episode of Storm Stories. Support the show (https://shoresides.org/support/).   Want to Help: Donate – To The Good Shepherd Center to fund housing assistance programs….

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Birthday Party

Helen Barrett from Episode 3 shares a poem she wrote about sharing a birthday with Hurricane Florence. Two years since her house flooded with three feet of water, Barrett is still not in her home. Flood Zone is a special investigation reporting on flooding in Coastal Carolina communities. The podcast is a project of Shoresides…

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First, There Was the Fire

Helen Barrett drove school buses in New Bern, NC for 25 years. In early adulthood, she saw the fire of 1922 change the landscape of her city – pushing African Americans from downtown. Now she’s seeing the same zoning patterns in the wake of Hurricane Florence. Flood Zone is a special investigation reporting on flooding…

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Get Thee Behind Satan

Fanny Irving has lived in Trenton all of her life. She lives in the home that from 1971 – 1975 she built with her late husband. First Floyd, and now Florence, have taken that home from her. Flood Zone is a special investigation reporting on flooding in Coastal Carolina communities. The podcast is a special…

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Black Pockets

Eric Brown is from Back Street, a once thriving African American community named for being the opposite to downtown. Back Street has nearly been wiped out from repeated hurricane flooding. Brown built a second home to run from the water, but what will become of his family’s homestead? Flood Zone is a special investigation reporting…

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COVID-19 and being a teen with asthma

by Jonny Morales It starts as a tightness in your chest. Like there’s pressure on you, and it’s harder to breathe. You’re wheezing. You’re fighting for air. You’ve got to remember not to panic. You get your medicine, and hope it helps. If it doesn’t, then you might have to go to the emergency room. It…

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What Divided Us Brought Us Together

Julia Narvaez didn’t feel tied to her hometown, Wilmington, North Carolina. Instead, she felt disdain for the social and economic inequities in her community. But when Hurricane Florence hit, her feelings for the town changed. Broadcast from the Working Narratives studio, Speak Your Piece brings you the opinions of your coastal neighbors on today’s pressing…

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