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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Aaron and Jenny Cavenaugh, December 8, 1999. Interview K-0281. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Trying to secure compensation for turkeys killed by floodwaters

The Cavenaughs continue to describe the frustration of trying to wring money out of FEMA, but they seem to have received a somewhat generous grant from "the governor's fund," which should amount to tens of thousands of dollars to compensate them for the loss of their turkeys. However, problems caused by the flood—like lack of access to a working phone—have delayed even that money. The company they were growing turkeys for took no responsibility for them. As Aaron says, "when the birds are living it belongs to the company and when he's dead, he's mine."

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Oral History Interview with Aaron and Jenny Cavenaugh, December 8, 1999. Interview K-0281. 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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