Princeville residents weigh option of taking FEMA buyout to leave town


AFTER MIDNIGHT YOU ARE DRIVEBY MORNING. THE FULL FORECAST COMING UP. AFTER HURRICANE MATTHEW BROUGHT DEVASTATING FLOODING TO PRINCEVILLE PEOPLE NOW FACE AN INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT POSITION WEATHER TO MOVE AWAY FROM THE PLACE THEY SPENT THEY LET STEVE SBRACCIA HAS THE STORY OF A TOWN DIVIDED. Reporter: THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS WORD FOR DAYS TO PUMP THE FLOODWATERS OUT OF PRINCEVILLE. TO DATE THE WATERS ARE GONE AND FEMA IS PROPOSING A BUYOUT THESE DEDMAN COLLEAGUES INDICATE HOW HIGH THE WATER WAS IN THIS PART OF TOWN WATER WHICH WAS SO HIGH IT INUNDATED HOMES WHICH NOW ARE NOT COMPARABLE. IT WAS UP THE SIDING. THIS WAS MY HOME. Reporter: ANGELA SHARP AND HAD 9 FEET OF WATER INSIDER HOME. A HOME THAT HAS BEEN STRICTLY BECAUSE SHE SALVAGED WHAT SHE COULD AFTER US. TO THE FLOODS OF FLOYD IN 1999 AND THE FLOODS OF MATTHEW SHE IS NOW THINKING THE BUYOUT MIGHT BE RIGHT. THIS IS MY LAND AND HOME. I DON’T WANT TO COME — I DO WANT TO COME BACK BUT I’M SCARED TO COME BACK BECAUSE MIGHT HAPPEN AGAIN. I PROBABLY WILL WANT TO DO THE BUYOUT Reporter: OTHER SAY DESPITE THE FLOODWATER WHICH INUNDATED THE HISTORIC TOWN FOUNDED BY FORMER SLAVES 1885 THERE IS TOO MUCH HISTORY TO ABANDON THE PLACE. WE TALKED ABOUT IT AND WE’RE GOING TO STAY AND COME BACK AND REBUILD Reporter: BECAUSE OF FLOOD DAMAGE PUBLIC BUILDINGS FEMA OUTLINED ITS BUYOUT PROPOSAL TOMORROW NIGHT AT A MEETING ACROSS THE RIVER AT THE TARBORO

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