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>>CAROLYN HARRIS AND HER FAMILY
ARE SCRUBBING THE INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF THEIR HOME IN
GRIFTON. WATER FROM THE SMALL CREEK THAT
NORMALLY SITS WELL ACROSS THE STREET AND INSIDE ITS BANKS HAS
MADE THE HOUSES ON WATER STREET A DIRTY MESS.>>WE’RE GRATEFUL THAT IT’S NOT
AS BAD AS IT SEEMED. WE HAD TO STAND ON MAIN STREET
AND LOOK DOWN HERE. WE COULDN’T GET HERE. WE JUST HAD TO LOOK AT
IT, YOU KNOW. WATER WAS EVERYWHERE. THIS STREET WAS TERRIBLE.>>MOSTLY IT’S REASSURING. WE’RE KIND OF CONCERNED ABOUT
BACTERIA AND GERMS AND STUFF. SO THE CLEANING IS MOSTLY FOR
OUR — THE EASING OF OUR MIND.>>WHILE THE WATER CREPT THROUGH
THE CRAWLSPACE AND THROUGHOUT THE WORK SHEDS ON THE PROPERTY,
THE HARRIS HOME WAS SPARED INSIDE FROM MAJOR DAMAGE THANKS
TO LESSONS LEARNED FROM HURRICANE FLOYD.>>YOU KNOW WHERE THE PORCH IS? IT WAS THAT LEVEL BEFORE. AND THE WATER WENT UP 5 FEET. AND — BUT THIS TIME, BY HIM,
YOU KNOW, ELEVATING IT, IT HELPED IT. IT REALLY DID.>>IN TOWN, THE PIGLY WIGGLY AND
DOLLAR GENERAL DID NOT HAVE A CRAWLSPACE. THE AISLES OF FOOD, CLOTHES AND
OTHER EVERYDAY ITEMS WERE ALL EXPOSED TO SEVERAL FEET OF
WATERS HITTING IN THE STORES. WHAT IS IT LIKE TRYING TO GET
FOOD AROUND HERE?>>WE HAVE TO GO
TO ANOTHER TOWN. IT’S ALSO AFFECTED MY DAUGHTER. SHE WORKED FOR THE
PIGGLY WIGGLY. WE HAVE TO GO TO GREENVILLE OR
AYDEN, ANOTHER CLOSE AREA TO GET FOOD.>>HOW HAS THE COMMUNITY BEEN
COMING TOGETHER FOR THIS?>>OH, WONDERFUL. I MEAN, PEOPLE COME EVERY DAY
JUST LIKE THEY WERE WITH US. THEY CAME EVERY DAY, ASKED IF WE
NEED HELP, WHAT COULD THEY DO.>>ANOTHER ISSUE GRIFTON
RESIDENTS HAVE BEEN FEELING SINCE THE STORM IS THAT MOST OF
THE ROADS THAT LEAD OUT OF TOWN HAVE BEEN EITHER CLOSED OR
PARTIALLY FLOODED.>>THAT GETS A LITTLE SCARY
BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, IF SOMETHING — YOU STILL HAVE IT
ON YOUR MIND ABOUT DISASTERS, SO WE’RE STILL THINKING WHAT IF
SOMETHING HAPPENED? HOW DO WE GET OUT OF TOWN?>>DO YOU THINK THAT WATER’S
GOING TO COME BACK?>>THEY WERE TELLING
US 100-YEAR FLOOD. WE WERE HOPEFUL IT WOULD
NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN. NOW THAT IT’S HAPPENED TWICE IN
17 YEARS, WE NEVER KNOW.

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