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Last week, the skies of our state turned a dark blue. The heavy rain and strong winds came with a vengeance. Power and cable companies worked overtime to keep the utilities going. Duke Power had to find a way to take care of all the water coming from every part of the state. If anyone thinks Duke just makes power they are badly mistaken. Flood control along their many lakes and reservoirs is a major undertaking.

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RALEIGH — The House Appropriations Committee has passed a more than $250-million hurricane relief bill that places a greater emphasis on resilience and disaster mitigation.

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RALEIGH — Six agencies doing significant work to help people recovering from Hurricane Florence will receive grants totaling $2 million to further fund their relief efforts. North Carolina Emergency Management, a division of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, is awarding the grants using funds provided by the General Assembly in the Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief Act.

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More than 30 deaths, including two in North Carolina, have been blamed on Hurricane Dorian as it continues northward just off the coast.

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ROCKINGHAM — In the past two major hurricanes, Falling Creek has overflowed its banks onto the water plant site on Rockingham Road and city leaders are trying to prevent it from happening again.

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CORDOVA — Although separated by 800 miles, two groups of firefighters formed a camaraderie in the midst of Hurricane Florence.

A FEMA-credentialed swiftwater task force comprised of firefighters from several departments in New Hampshire made the drive to Richmond County last week to work with Cordova Fire and Rescue.

“People have come up to help us in the past, so we’re just returning the favor,” said Patrick Laforge of the Goffstown Fire Department said Monday while waiting to try Eastern North Carolina-style barbecue at the East Rockingham Fire Department.

Joining Laforge from Goffstown was Chris Couturier as well as: Keith Folsom, Jon Strong and Capt. Ben Selleck from the Bedford Fire Department; Jeff Chickering, Dustin Holmes and Brad Keay from the Keene Fire Department; Tom Defina and Mike Meehan from the Manchester Fire Department; Cal Weichert and Darren Schriever from the Amherst Fire Department; and Garrett Meador and Chad McCarthy from the Conway and North Conway Fire Departments, respectively.

Although they weren’t needed much in Richmond County, last Sunday night they rescued more than 30 people from homes and cars in Laurinburg as the parts of the city began to flood.

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HAMLET— While Richmond County was spared the type of destruction experienced by other counties in North Carolina from Hurricane Florence, some first responders are doing what they can to help others.

At noon Thursday, the Hamlet Police Department began filling its enclosed traffic trailer with donated supplies. Although officers haven’t yet determined where the supplies will be going, Capt. Randy Dover said residents in Robeson County will more than likely be the recipients … again.

“We did it for Hurricane Matthew and the community really turned out for that,” Dover said, adding that the trailer “was pretty full” in 2016.

Scotland County, which is also dealing with flooding, is a possibility, but Dover said Robeson County is “the main concern.”

Dover was born and raised in Scotland County and said he’s “never seen flooding like this.”

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ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County was spared the severity of damage from Hurricane Florence seen by surrounding counties and Emergency Services Director Donna Wright contributes that to prayer and early planning.

“We were very fortunate,” she said early Tuesday afternoon on the flooded banks of Hitchcock Creek in Cordova. “That storm literally split and went around east and west of Richmond County.

“If you’ll look at the radar, the thinner bands actually are what were over us,” she continued. “The harder, more dangerous (weather) came to Scotland and to Anson and went up to Moore … 20 miles east or west could have been us, it was supposed to have been us … it was prayer (that kept the county out of danger).”

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In the wake of Hurricane Harvey's destruction along the eastern coast of Texas this week, the Richmond County Historical Society retraces steps into Richmond County's past experiences with tragic flooding.

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