AURORA, N.C. (WNCT) – August 26th marks five years since Hurricane Irene left disaster throughout Eastern North Carolina in 2011.The category one hurricane flooded more than 270 roads and left behind more than 686 million dollars in property and agriculture damages.
On the 5 year anniversary, 9 On Your Side went back out to Aurora, in Beaufort County, it was one of the hardest hit areas to see the progress the town has made. Most of Hickory Road in Aurora was in ruins, the huge storm took destroyed at least a dozen homes on the street. Now, remaining houses are built on stilts and residents have new docks.
Aurora’s fire and EMS officials said they are grateful to come out of the storm okay, but the memories still haunt them. “When we get bad rains we’re still, okay where’s the flood? We hear of more hurricanes coming and it’s [like] wow let’s hope this one isn’t like Irene was,” said Christine Biddix.
As a part of new training and preparedness, the fire and EMS station is building a new training facility.