Sunday, August 14, 2022

In Pictures: Debris from storm-ravaged homes still litters U.S. 53 outside Burgaw

When words can't quite capture a story, sometimes it can be told in pictures.

Video: Resident Jeff Rivenbark talks about the ongoing debris problem in Pender County. (If you’re having trouble watching this video, click here.)

BURGAW — This week’s photo series takes you just outside Burgaw, on both sides of the Northeast Cape Fear River, where large mounds of house debris remain piled up along U.S. 53.

It’s been almost six weeks since Hurricane Florence flooded the river and its surrounding homes, and resident Jeff Rivenbark wonders when the trash will be picked up.

“I’ve been here all my life,” Rivenbark said. “Water in my house was about three-and-a-half foot. I got three tractors around here and it ruined every one of ’em … It’s tough, a lot of people’s stuff on the side of the road, and it doesn’t look like there’s going to be an end to it, not no time soon.”

Rivenbark said that people began clearing out their wet personal belongings and dumping them on the side of U.S. 53, hoping Pender County would pick it up.

“It’s devastating to everybody. We thought Floyd was bad in 1999, but I think this one here is three times worse than Floyd,” Rivenbark said.

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