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Faces from the Flood Hurricane Floyd Remembered by Jay Barnes

Faces from the Flood Hurricane Floyd Remembered


Faces from the Flood Hurricane Floyd Remembered by Jay Barnes

On September 16, 1999, rainfall from Hurricane Floyd swelled North Carolina's rivers, flooding tens of thousands of homes, businesses, and communities across the eastern third of the state; taking 52 lives; and causing an estimated $6 billion in damages. Faces from the Flood is a compelling look back at the state's most destructive natural disaster, conveyed through the words of those who endured it. Thirty-seven interviews with victims, heroes, volunteers, scientists, and government officials offer tales of dramatic rescues, sorrowful losses, and the quiet determination to survive and rebuild. The story of Floyd is far from over, and North Carolinians must be prepared to face similar storms in the future, warn Richard Moore and Jay Barnes. They conclude with an assessment of the state's response to Floyd and a discussion of what programs should be initiated, maintained, or strengthened to prepare for future storms. Through evocative personal stories, maps, tables, and dozens of striking photographs, Faces from the Flood highlights the dramatic impact of Hurricane Floyd. It will serve as a valuable reference for future explorations of North Carolina's greatest disaster.


A hurricane expert and the state's emergency management leader interview a wide selection of victims, heroes, mayors, emergency personnel, journalists, relief coordinators, and contractors who survived the storm and have begun to rebuild their homes and communities. The authors also assess N.C.'s response to Floyd and discuss what programs should be initiated, maintained, or strengthened to prepare for future storms.

About the Author

Richard Moore was state treasurer of North Carolina from 2001 to 2009. From 1995 to 1999, he was the state's secretary of crime control and public safety, heading the Division of Emergency Management, the N.C. National Guard, the Highway Patrol, and other public safety agencies.|Jay Barnes is director of development for the North Carolina Aquarium Society. He has worked with the Aquariums since 1980, and he was director of the Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores for more than twenty years. He is author of several books and articles on hurricanes, including North Carolina's Hurricane History (UNC Press), now in its third edition, and Florida's Hurricane History (UNC Press), now in its second edition.

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Publication date

28th February 2004


Jay Barnes

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The University of North Carolina Press


248 pages


Meteorology & climatology
Social impact of disasters
Social & cultural history



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