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In this recording, Suzanne Sifford and Vivian Anderson describe their experiences during Hurricane Floyd. Sifford was actually in Williamsburg, Virginia on the day of the flood. Between the flooded roads and detours she had to take, it took her a day to get home. Sifford lost her house months before the storm in a fire, and she describes how it was much harder to find a place to stay after the flood than it was to find somewhere to go after the fire. She describes how, before the flood, certain things (such as furniture) meant a great deal to her, but now she is just glad that she can enjoy her family. She also describes the really strange feeling she felt when airplanes flew really low over the city to spray for mosquitoes. Anderson spent the night of the flood with a friend, and she could not get back to her apartment for about a week. The water rose to within a foot and a half of her ceiling, and she lost all of her furniture. Amazingly, some family heirlooms and her childhood doll were saved, and for that she is incredibly grateful. She also describes the gratitude she has for the people who gave her furniture and appliances after she lost everything. The women discuss many other aspects of their experiences, including the swiftness of the water and the disbelief that the water rose as high as it did. They also talk about how beneficial it is to be able to accept the situation. After the flood, over 30 small churches formed an interfaith group that met at Trinity Lutheran. The group opened churches as shelters and distributed necessary items to those in need all over eastern North Carolina. The Red Cross and FEMA provided aid as well. Ms. Sifford and Ms. Anderson also discuss some of the more negative aspects of the flood, including the overwhelming number of forms they filled out and how feelings of fear and depression still exist around water and rain. Finally, they discuss how it is important to be prepared, but not to live in fear.





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