Sometimes words fail to convey the magnitude of a disaster. It’s horrible; life-threatening; heart-breaking — and it’s going to continue through next week. That timeline, of course, does not include the weeks and months of cleaning, recovery and rebuilding that will continue long after the media leave town. What words adequately describe something like that?
The photos and video North Carolinians have shared on social media may help when words fall short. They are nothing less than devastating.
Fair Bluff, N.C., is on the Lumber River, downstream from Lumberton, which was ravaged by flood water when the river overtopped the levee that protects the city. As that water drains out of Lumberton, it flows into Fair Bluff, which is now submerged along with dozens of other cities in eastern North Carolina.
“Our entire downtown has been effected by these terrible flood waters,” Jody Johnson, who shot the drone video above, wrote on his Facebook page. “I think that what people are expecting to break us down is possibly going to build us back even stronger.”
It’s a remarkably positive outlook to embrace while your home is filled with three feet of muddy river water.
It’s not just Fair Bluff, though. The imagery we’ve seen from across the state this week has been utterly jaw-dropping.
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