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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.

For Chapel Hill's low-income residents, flooding is a constant reality

In the wake of Hurricane Florence, affordable housing complexes around Chapel Hill were subject to some of the worst flooding. Residents came back to damaged apartments, but because of housing costs, they don't have the option of immediately relocating.  “I don’t know what I’m going to do,” said Frankie Fuller, a 61-year-old Camelot Village resident. “I can’t stay there; (my apartment) is demolished. The only thing I might be able to save is my fishing box.”


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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.”



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