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Hurricane Irene floodwaters, Kill Devil Hills and Manteo, Sound side flooding, Four feet of floodwaters, North Carolina

Hurricane Irene floodwaters, Kill Devil Hills and Manteo, Sound side flooding, Four feet of floodwaters, North Carolina

From the LA Times August 28, 2011.

“North Carolina assesses Irene damage, begins cleanup”

“By dawn Sunday, the four feet of Hurricane Irene floodwaters that had suddenly inundated downtown Manteo, N.C., on Saturday night had drained off to an ankle-deep trickle. Dirty brown waterlines left on the sides of coffee shops and bookstores were waist high. Tod Clissold, owner of Poor Richard’s Sandwich Shop on Queen Elizabeth Street, arrived to find an awful mess. The murky floodwaters left a trail of sludge on his shop’s floor and his food stocks were spoiled.

“It was a foot deep inside,” he said. “The worst flooding I’ve ever seen.”

Along North Carolina’s Outer Banks on Sunday, residents awoke to flotsam and debris, downed trees, beach erosion and flooded yards (even a beached dolphin, which was saved) — but no structural damage. Flooding from the Roanoke and Croatan sounds that bracket Roanoke Island inundated some homes, closed roads and knocked out power, but it could have been a lot worse.

No deaths or serious injuries were reported on the Outer Banks from what Warren Judge, chairman of the Dare County commissioners, called “epic sound-side flooding.”

“People who have never had sound-side flooding got it,” Judge said. “People who have never had flooding in their house got it.”

Ray Sturza, mayor of the beach town of Kill Devil Hills, has lived there 25 years, through five major hurricanes. “I’ve never seen water come in the way it did last night,” he said. Kermit Skinner, the Manteo town manager, said no previous storm had ever dumped water into the living areas of his home.

But Irene did.”

“”We’re thankful,” said Bobby Outten, manager of Dare County, population 35,000, which includes most of the Outer Banks.

Assessment teams fanned out across Roanoke Island and the beaches, preparing damage reports to be sent to state and federal emergency officials. Shannon Twiddy and Becky Breiholz were out at first light, wearing waterproof boots (Breiholz’s were bright pink) and sloshing through the muck left by floodwaters.

Breiholz, who braved the storm at her home in Kill Devil Hills, said she’d never such severe sound-side flooding in her 30 years there. But for hurricane damage, she said, “I’ve seen a lot worse.”

The two women –- Twiddy is Manteo’s finance officer and Breiholz the town clerk -– snapped digital photographs of the damage. They took note of every shop, awning, bench, light pole and sidewalk fixture damaged in the storm. They were surprised it wasn’t worse, given the dire warnings of a possibly catastrophic storm.

“I have to admit, I was getting a little scared early on and thinking, you know, maybe I should leave,” Breiholz said. As hurricanes go, Breiholz said, Irene was memorable for its sound-side flooding. But for property damage, it was just another storm.

“We were blessed,” she said.”

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NC H1N1 swine flu cases, Hanover county, Wilmington, North Carolina, Gregory School of Science, Math and Technology, Snipes Academy of Arts and Design

Breaking news from the Wilmington, NC Star News Online, May 28, 2009:

“Breaking news: Four cases of swine flu confirmed in New Hanover County”

“New Hanover County has confirmed four cases of H1N1, also known as swine flu.

The cases involve four elementary school-age students — three at Gregory School of Science, Math and Technology, and one at Snipes Academy of Arts and Design, said Mark Boyer, New Hanover County’s public information officer.

The infected students have not been in school since late last week, county health officials said.

A notice is being issued Thursday to parents through the county’s AlertNow automated message service and a letter will be sent home with students Friday.

At a news conference Thursday, the New Hanover County Health Department said officials are still investigating a timeline of exposure to determine the order of infections.

The New Hanover County Health Department does not recommend closing Gregory or Snipes at this time. Health department officials also said they are working to determine who might have been exposed before the infected patients started displaying symptoms and that they are notifying people who were in close contact with the patients.

On Tuesday, North Carolina health officials reported a total of 14 confirmed cases in the state – one in Durham County, one in Orange County, seven in Craven County, two in Onslow County, two in Carteret County and one case in Rutherford County.”

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NC State Tea Party, June 3, 2009, Raleigh, North Carolina, Halifax Mall, General Assembly Building, Legislative Office Building, Take Back Our State Tea Party

I just received this in an email about a statewide Tea Party in North Carolina in Raleigh, NC on June 3, 2009. The Take Back Our State Tea Party  will be held from 4:30 – 7:30 PM at the Halifax Mall which is behind the General Assembly Building and beside the Legislative Office Building. Joe “the Plumber” Wurzelbachr will be one of the speakers.


Americans for Prosperity and the Take Back Our State Coalition encourages you to make your voice heard at the

Take Back Our State Tea Party

A Protest Against the Billion Dollar State Tax Increase

Wednesday, June 3
4:30-7:30 pm
Halifax Mall
Raleigh, NC

Halifax Mall is the large lawn behind the General Assembly Building and beside the Legislative Office Building. Halifax Mall is on Lane Street between North Salisbury and North Wilmington Streets.

On June 3rd, Let’s tell our Legislators we are Taxed Enough Already!

In these difficult economic times, our State Representatives are considering over a billion dollars in new taxes. North Carolina taxpayers are losing their jobs and their homes.

Come to Raleigh to tell them Not Another Dime!


The Take Back Our State Tea Party Speakers will Include

Joe “the Plumber” Wurzelbachr

We are planning to bring buses from the following cities: Asheville, Charlotte, Goldsboro, Greensboro, Jacksonville, New Bern, Pinehurst, Sanford, Statesville, Wilmington, and Winston-Salem. Departure times and locations to be announced.

Schedule of Events
2:00 Registration begins
2:30 Buses arrive/register
2:00-4:15 Legislative visits/briefing
4:30 Tea Party begins
7:30 Buses depart



Food Vendors!

Exhibitor Tables!

Live Beach Music-The Craig Woolard Band!

Casual Attire!

Rain or Shine!


No charge for Take Back Our State Tea Party. Food available for purchase onsite. Donations welcome. For more information, visit www.takebackourstate.org, call 919.839.1011, or e-mail info@afpnc.org


Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is the nation’s premier grassroots organization committed to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFP believes reducing the size and scope of government is the best safeguard to ensuring individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans. AFP educates and engages citizens in support of restraining state and federal government growth, and returning government to its constitutional limits.

For more information, visit www.americansforprosperity.org


Rasmussen poll, March 24, 2008, Obama slipping in polls, Wright speech impact

  The impact of pastor Jeremiah Wright and his racist and hate sermons coupled with the 20 year association with Barack Obama is taking a toll on Obama’s election campaign. Here are the Rasmussen poll results for March 24, 2008:

“Nationally, Hillary Clinton now holds a very slight advantage over Barack Obama, 46% to 44%.”

John McCain leads Barack Obama 50% to 41% and Hillary Clinton 49% to 42%.

In North Carolina John McCain leads Hillary Clinton 50% to 34%. McCain leads Barack Obama 51% to 42%. McCain is viewed favorably by 62% of NC voters. Obama is viewed favorably by 48%, Clinton is viewed favorably by 38%.