CITY & COUNTY


9/18/2018 11:48pm

Kyrie and Michael Benton carry food and some of their waterlogged belongings through the grounds of Camelot Village apartments in Chapel Hill the morning of September 17, 2018. Chapel Hill had been seemingly spared the worst of Hurricane Florence but Sunday night into Monday morning saw a downpour of heavy rain that caused flash flooding around the Triangle. Camelot Village has seen flooding in the past but never to this degree, according to Kyrie and other residents of many years. "I lost everything in this flood," Kyrie said. Just as quickly as it flooded, the water began to recede late the same morning and early in the afternoon.

What some of the flooding in Chapel Hill after Hurricane Florence looks like

After Hurricane Florence hit the Carolinas, many communities saw widespread damage, destruction and flooding. Recovery for homes, businesses and communities has begun, but the lasting impact of the storm will remain as parts of the state get back on their feet.  Though towns along the coast felt the brunt of the slow-moving storm, residents of Chapel Hill experienced flooding in their neighborhoods and local community spaces. The photos above, taken by photographer Alex Kormann, capture some of the flooding the community has experienced. 


9/17/2018 10:04pm

Two cars left stranded by rising floodwaters on the corner of New Centre Dr. and College Rd. on Saturday, September 15th in Wilmington, NC.  Storm surge and continuous rainfall due to hurricane Florence are widespread across the Cape Fear region. Many vehicles are left stranded due to high water in the various parts of the area. Wilmington Mayor, Bill Saffo has pleaded with Wilmington residents, "Stay indoors... if you have to be out driving around do not drive through standing water." Saffo emphasizes, “Turn around, don’t drown.”

Florence has moved on, but N.C. is still dealing with its devastating impacts

Hurricane Florence broke the North Carolina record for rainfall during a tropical storm, beating the previous record of 24.06 inches set by Hurricane Floyd in 1999. Chapel Hill received 6.5 inches of rain between noon on Sunday and noon Monday. In a Monday afternoon briefing, Gov. Roy Cooper urged citizens to practice caution as the state deals with the effects of the hurricane's passing. “My most important message is first: for many parts of North Carolina, the danger is still immediate,” Cooper said. “Flood waters are rising as rivers crest, and they will for days.”


9/16/2018 9:44pm

Unaffiliated voters in the Chapel Hill area remain neutral in current political tensions.

Need another reason to vote in November? It's good for your health

While Millennials are one of the largest generation groups, there are still more Baby Boomers and older generations that show up to the voting polls each November. The U.S. Legislature is seeing more diversity than ever before, but it is not equal to the diversity of the population that the legislature represents. Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Virginia suggest that political participation can have a range of positive affects for the mind, toward relationships with others and society.


9/13/2018 11:34pm

The American Red Cross, in partnership with the state of North Carolina, set up a hurricane shelter at Smith Middle School in Chapel Hill.

Undaunted by Florence, some mobile home residents choose not to evacuate

With Hurricane Florence expected to make landfall on the Carolinas Friday, many Chapel Hill residents, including students, have evacuated. Remembering the effects of Hurricane Matthew, they are taking no chances.  But some have decided to stay, including residents in a mobile home park off Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Though local experts have said that the hurricane could damage mobile homes more severely, there is resilience to be found among the residents of Tar Heel Mobile Court.