Documenting the American South Logo
oral histories of the American South
Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Mattie Bell and Earl Cavenaugh, December 7, 1999. Interview K-0282. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

A dramatic account of rising floodwaters

The Cavenaughs—including their son Artis—and Betsy Easter remember escaping their homes as water levels rose. Artis tried to secure as much furniture as possible in his attic; Earl killed some kittens he did not think he would be able to save; Easter said some relatives were able to gauge how high the water had risen when their turkeys grew quiet, presumably drowned. Although the marines helped with the evacuation, family relied on family to alert them about the danger and help them to safety.

Citing this Excerpt

Oral History Interview with Mattie Bell and Earl Cavenaugh, December 7, 1999. Interview K-0282. 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.

Full Text of the Excerpt

The full text is not available for this excerpt.