As a Greenville NC resident Ive been able to witness not one 100+Yr Flood but TWO.
Floyd in 1999 was a catastrophic event that caught Eastern NC off guard. This event did teach important lessons to first responders, home owners, businesses, and government officials of how to prepare for any such event in the future...
which occurred last week as the Tar River crested 12+ feet over flood level.
As the waters start receding this week it is important to continue the outreach that was witnessed during the crisis. There are still many returning home to devastation and ruin. The schools are still trying to open. The roads are still closed due to erosion and collapse.
I am going to use this post to add current event to help the community rally together and restore our town because we are #GreenvilleStrong !!!
Last week, due to the devastation of Hurricane Matthew's flooding, the Red Cross had to cancel over 80 blood drives in our area.
12-6:00 pm Tuesday, October 18th at Unity Church 4301 Charles Blvd. Greenville
The need for blood is always urgent, but in light of recent events, the need is critical.
To schedule an appointment, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS
The Humane Society is still working out of the Farmers Market caring for the flood victims pets. ID will be required to reclaim your dog/cat and volunteers are needed for walks, feeding and cleaning. They are located on County Home Rd by Wintergreen Elementary. If you have donations, food-blankets-bedding- paper goods they can be dropped of and are appreciated.
SCAM ALERT: During times of distress there will always be criminals looking to prey on the needy. Be cautious to provide any details over the phone or to vendors walking up to your door to get your business. Ask for credentials and do not pay upfront. Neighbors, look out for each other during recovery as we have had some looting activity but watchful communities can deter this behavior in flooded areas.
Find local groups that are working on projects like returning elderly to their retirement homes and nursing homes.
Find Churches serving food to road workers, officials, first responders, utility crews.. they are our hero's !
Help the shelters as they transition their occupants to their residence or hotel.
Knock on an elders door and see if they need anything.
Michele Connors is a local Greenville NC resident and Realtor @The Overton Group