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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Raymond, Eunice, Wayne, and Charles Russell English, December 8, 1999. Interview K-0280. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

FEMA's failures made residents look for help elsewhere

The Englishes speak some more about the frustrations of dealing with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). They were surprised that the most helpful people were those from out of state, more evidence that the flood damaged community cohesion. On the other hand, in the absence of effective central leadership, some citizens spearheaded their own relief efforts, evidence of a persistent communitarian spirit.

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Oral History Interview with Raymond, Eunice, Wayne, and Charles Russell English, December 8, 1999. Interview K-0280. 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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