|Excerpt from||Oral History Interview with Billy Ray Hall, January 20, 2000. Interview K-0509. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007)|
Hall describes some of the damage to agriculture: tens of thousands of chickens, turkeys, and hogs were killed, but losses were not as great as some feared, nor were hog lagoons flooded as disastrously as expected. Hurricane Irene followed Floyd closely and "stirred up the water," Hall says, preventing even greater damage to coastal waters. Fishermen were lucky hog runoff did not reduce their shrimp catch, but were not always fortunate in the level of compensation they received. Certain industries were not declared "loss industries," which meant that not all fishermen were compensated for their losses. These were not popular decisions.
Oral History Interview with Billy Ray Hall, January 20, 2000. Interview K-0509. 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.