After Florence

Terry Helvie outside of her rental in Hamlet. She stayed there with her children while her house was being repaired.
Jason deBruyn / WUNC


Goose Creek Island is no more than 9 square miles. It's reachable only by a small bridge over a narrow offshoot of the Pamlico River. The island is dotted with only a few homes. But that's a good thing for Terry Helvie who lives on the island with her two adult children. Both her son and daughter have developmental disabilities. Her son Logan can make a racket at times, but that's OK on the sparsely populated island.

A photo of the dunes on North Carolina's barrier islands one month after Hurricane Florence
Photo by Katya Jay

More money is heading to North Carolina commercial fishermen whose landings were harmed by Hurricane Florence.

Second graders in Jenna Parkers class at Edwin A. Anderson Elementary School reflect on their experiences of the past week on the first day back to school since Hurricane Florence made landfall in Wilmington.
Michael Cline Spencer / For WUNC

Education and school safety were top of mind both locally and nationally this year. WUNC reporters Liz Schlemmer and Lisa Phillip covered everything from the Silent Sam protests to the student-led walkouts after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

John Hendren lives in south Lumberton.
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

Dan Weathington carried sopping insulation to the end of his driveway one day last month. Sludgy water dripped out as he squeezed a handful of the pink material.

Weathington lives in the Tanglewood area of north Lumberton. Many of the houses are brick and some are almost a century old. The neighborhood is a perfect grid of north-south and east-west roads, made possible because of the low-lying and flat topography. Floodwaters from Hurricane Florence inundated this part of town in September.