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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Bernice Cavenaugh and Betsy Easter, December 8, 1999. Interview K-0279. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

The flood fosters human fellowship

This passage reveals the combination of community-building and community erosion that the flood brought. Many residents were too exhausted and overwhelmed to help one another, but they forged bonds with volunteers from unaffected areas who traveled in to help. So while the flood damaged residents' abilities to help one another, it may have fostered a more general sense of human fellowship. Days after a slow, difficult, and largely solitary cleanup effort, Easter accepted help from marines, who quickly cleared out her home.

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Oral History Interview with Bernice Cavenaugh and Betsy Easter, December 8, 1999. Interview K-0279. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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