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Taking Stock Of Roads And Rivers As Florence Flood Waters Recede

Jason DeBruyn
David Burden with the Waterkeeper Alliance points to what he says is coal ash floating on the banks of the Cape Fear River

 The historic flooding from Florence has eased, but communities and environmentalists are just beginning to take stock of the damage it caused.

Infrastructure breeches may have sent coal ash spilling into the Cape Fear River, and environmentalists worry Duke Energy’s water samples do not provide the full picture. Meanwhile hundreds of roads remain closed, with officials not yet able to determine the extent of needed repairs.

Host Frank Stasio talks with WUNC data reporter Jason deBruyn about what the hurricane left behind and how communities are starting to clean it up. 

Jennifer Brookland is the American Homefront Project Veterans Reporting Fellow. She covers stories about the military and veterans as well as issues affecting the people and places of North Carolina.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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