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Alex Kormann


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. 

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Jerry Wilson and Cortland Gilliam

Jerry Wilson wipes sweat from his face while wearing a noose around his neck at an Aug. 20 protest against Silent Sam, a Confederate monument on UNC-Chapel Hill's campus. His friend, Cortland Gilliam, joined him in this gesture. They both vowed to wear these nooses whenever they were on campus until the statue was taken down. This was intended to represent the oppression and white supremacy they feel the statue represents. The pair did not have to wear the nooses long, as protestors forcefully tore down the statue only a few hours later at 9:20 p.m. on August 20, 2018.  Wilson and Gilliam put the nooses back on following Chancellor Carol Folt and the Board of Trustees' Dec. 3 proposal to establish a University History and Education center to house Silent Sam.  


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Chancellor Carol Folt (left), Boateng Kubi ,Chair of Carolina Union Board of Directors (center) and Vice Chancellor Winston Crisp (right) take a selfie with students at Fall Fest on Sunday.


Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger (middle left) celebrates her sweeping re-election victory with her husband and children at the City Kitchen restaurant in 2017. 



James Allen evacuated Jacksonville, NC ahead of Hurricane Florence in an effort to save what he could from the storm. He has spent the week at his friend's house in Chapel Hill and thought he had least spared his newly purchased car from the storm, knowing his home was likely destroyed. "That car is my lifeline. I work all over the state and need that car to pay my bills," Allen said. The neighborhood resting on a creek is subject to flooding but had been spared until the morning of September 17, 2018 when a sudden downpour of heavy rain forced creeks to crest in Chapel Hill around University Place.

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