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Kenny Parish, Rocky Mount's superintendent of Water and Sewer Services, describes the work his department did during Hurricane Floyd and its aftermath. He recalls driving through high floodwaters with a loader to rescue people from flooded homes, and he provides a couple of specific rescue stories. The city never lost water, but the Sunset Avenue water plant was completely destroyed. The sewer system became full because all of the manhole covers were covered with water. For about a week after the storm, Water and Sewer Services employees worked almost nonstop. Parish describes the work ethic and comradery of his employees during the time, saying, "I don't know if anything good come out of the flood or not. If it did, it would be unity."

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