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Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Response and Recovery

On October 8, 2016, Hurricane Matthew hovered over Edgecombe County and most of Eastern North Carolina dropping about 14 inches in rain in parts of our County. Flash flooding occurred all over the County during the storm. Immediately following the storm, creeks flooded, and within a few days, the Tar River Flooded. At the Tarboro Town Bridge, the Tar River crested at 36.2 ft, just a few inches short of the historical record set after Hurricane Floyd in 1999 of nearly 42 ft. 

Hurricane Matthew's Impact:
  • Approximately 3,500 structures in the County received some damage from Hurricane Matthew;
  • Approximately 250 structures had over 4 feet of water;
  • Preliminary estimates from the NC Emergency Management office is $50 million in damage to residential structures, and $25 million to non-residential; these numbers will likely increase as FEMA assesses more individual properties.
  • Cooperative Extension reports $33 million in crop losses and $3 million in ag-related infrastructure and equipment.
Go to our County News page for updates and notices related to Hurricane Matthew recovery.  Also, be sure to follow us on our Facebook page for updates and announcements. 

FEMA Fact Sheet on Flood Insurance

Hurricane Recovery Event Flyer


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