As Florence’s flooding ebbs, Carolina residents choose fight or flight

Hurricane Florence made landfall in the poorest portion of one of the poorest parts in the country: the Carolinas. It was the heaviest rainstorm in East Coast history, and the resulting floodwaters forced tens of thousands from their homes.

Florence’s worst rains fell in Bladen County in southeastern North Carolina, a place which now holds the all-time rainfall record from an East Coast hurricane. The average person in the county makes less than $18,000 per year, two-thirds of the U.S....


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