Street River Overflows- One evacuated
On July 27, a sudden
thundershower dropped a massive amount of rain on James Street turning
the James Street River into raging rapids. One unlucky resident
is at the convergence of four of the James Street River tributaries
and experienced intense flooding.
While working on his
computer his wife told him the yard was flooding. Thinking she was
exaggerating he continued to write his articles for The Carrboro
News. Upon finishing his work, he walked over to the window and
looked out. "Damn", he muttered to himself, "our
yard is flooding". He walked out his door, through the river
and out to the driveway to make sure that none of the vehicles were
floating away. Assured that they were safe, he picked up his camera
to document the damage.
He made a mental note
that it was ironic that as we were approaching the one year anniversary
of Hurricane Katrina and the damage it rained on New Orleans that
he would be experiencing the same kind of devastation in Carrboro.
"I was never worried
about our house being submerged, but I was very concerned about
my dog's house. Like all Carrboroians, our house is over-insured
but I forgot to insure my dog's house!. Had the flood waters risen
a little higher, it could have been devistating for Gordy. As it
was, his blankets got soaked, had his house floated away, he'd be
One of the positive results
of this flood is that when the James Street River overflows it's
banks, just like the mighty Amazon and Euphrates Rivers, it leaves
a silty cover of very fertile soil that enriches the farmland surrounding
her banks. The residents of James Street should have a banner year
for bumper crops so keep an eye for the vegetable stands that should
be arriving soon!
Luckily, the waters receeded
just as fast as they rose and all our homes were spared, but the
residents are still awaiting the arrival of FEMA.
"I think I need
some government assistance", one resident moaned. "I could
use one of those trailers or a $2000 a month allowance for a year".
All calls to FEMA went
unanswered, but we left them our phone number so they still call
The sleepy little James Street River overflows her banks as
she becomes a raging river.
house after the evacuation.
A car and a motorcycle on the verge of being washed down river.
James River Bridge is flooded by the raging waters.