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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Bert Pickett, December 18, 1999. Interview K-0285. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

"The good outweighs the bad" in flood relief despite greed and disorganization

Pickett complains that the county commissioners were too slow to contact FEMA and that FEMA moved too slowly, although the Red Cross and Salvation Army stepped in to help. The work of these aid groups, however, was hobbled by "greedy" people who applied for and got money they should not have gotten. This is another passage in which Pickett shows his conflicting responses, and the conflicting responses of other members of the community, to this disaster. He concludes, though, that "the good outweighs the bad."

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Oral History Interview with Bert Pickett, December 18, 1999. Interview K-0285. 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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