Windsor residents look for long-term solutions to flooding woes

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WINDSOR, N.C. (WNCT) – Residents in Windsor are looking for more permanent solutions to alleviate flooding after the town has undergone three floods in 17 years.

“I would love to see somebody go up and put a dike up this way to keep the Cashie River from coming in here so fast and control it some and then let it out slowly,” said Jack Powell of Bertie County Peanuts.

However, a representative from the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers office in Wilmington said they have no current or planned flood control projects in Bertie County.
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A representative with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office in Wilmington tells us they have no current or planned flood control projects in Bertie County.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is just one of several groups that could design and build a dike system under the direction of FEMA.

The North Carolina Emergency Management office spokesperson Julia Jarema said local, state and federal leaders were out assessing flood damage in Bertie County on Wednesday.

They’ll put together a formal damage assessment that will come out later in the week.

She said she wasn’t comfortable talking specifics just yet, but there are two potential paths based on the damage done.

Jarema said 39 structures that were identified as high risk for future flooding have been bought out and demolished since 1999.

That came after federal disaster declarations following Hurricane Floyd in 1999 and Nicole in 2010.