Table 4.2 - Expanded Compilation of Candidate Sites

 

Location

In News

Study Area

Notes

Photo

Bertie County

1

No

(MUCP)

·        One drown in flood

 

Burgaw

5

No
Pender Co.
(MUCP)

·        Flooding in the past

Cape Fear River

12

No
(MUCP)

·        Flooding

Chinquapin

1

No

Duplin Co.

(MUCP)

·        Record flood

 

Clayton

1

No

Johnston Co.

(Piedmont/MUCP)

·        Record flood

 

Columbus County

1

No
(MUCP)

·        Flooded

 

Contentnea Creek

1

No

Greene Co.

(MUCP)

·        Flooded the banks

 

Craven County

2

No
(Tidewater/MUCP)

·        Two drown in flood

 

Duplin County

9

No
(MUCP)

·        Looting

·        Flooding

·        Three drown in flood

 

Durham

3

No

Durham Co.

(Urban Area)

·        Flooding

Edgecombe County

10

No

(MUCP)

·        Eight drown in flood

 

Elizabeth City

1

Yes

Pasquotank Co.

·        Tornado

 

Enfield

1

No

Halifax Co.

(Piedmont/MUCP)

·        Record flood

 

Fayetteville

3

No

Cumberland Co.

(MUCP)

·        Worst flood ever

 

Goldsboro

22

No

Wayne Co.

(MUCP)

·        Very high income area

·        Dam broke

Location

In News

Study Area

Notes

Photo

Greenville

14

No

Pitt Co.

(MUCP)

·        Most endangered city

·        No drinking water

·        A third under water

Grifton

1

No

Pitt Co.

(MUCP)

·        Flooded

 

Halifax County

1

No

(Piedmont/MUCP)

·        One drown in flood

 

Hertford County

3

No

(MUCP)

·        Looting

 

Johnston County

3

No

(Piedmont/MUCP)

·        Three drown in flood

Jones County

1

No
(MUCP)

·        One drown in flood

 

Kinston

6

No

Lenoir Co.

(MUCP)

·        Flooded and isolated

Leggett

2

No

Edgecombe Co.

(MUCP)

·        Destroyed and flooded

 

Lenoir County

1

No
(MUCP)

·        One drown in flood

 

Louisburg

1

Yes

Franklin Co.

(Piedmont)

·        Record flood

 

Lumber River

2

No
(MUCP)

·        Flooded

 

Nash County

5

No
(Piedmont/MUCP)

·        Five drown in flood

 

Neuse River

7

No

(MUCP)

·        Flooded the banks

New Bern

3

No

Craven Co.

(Tidewater/MUCP)

·        Flooded

Location

In News

Study Area

Notes

Photo

Oak Island

2

No

New Hanover Co.

(MUCP)

·        Wrightsville Beach

Pender County

4

No

(MUCP)

·        Flooded

·        Two drown in flood

 

Pinetops

4

No

Edgecombe Co.

(MUCP)

·        Near Tarboro

·        Also flooded

 

Pitt County

27

No
(MUCP)

·        Very hard hit

·        Four drown in flood

Princeton

2

No

Johnston Co.

(Piedmont/MUCP)

·        Houses destroyed

Princeville

53

No

Edgecombe Co.

(MUCP)

·        Destroyed entirely

·        Jesse Jackson visited

Raeford

1

No

Hoke Co.

(Piedmont/MUCP)

·        Dam overflow and flooded

 

Raleigh

3

No

Wake Co.

(Urban Area)

·        Flooding

Rocky Mount

17

No

Nash Co.

(MUCP)

·        Fuel leak from cars

·        Funeral

·        Tipper Gore visited

Roseboro

1

No

Sampson Co.

(MUCP)

·        Flooded

 

Sampson County

1

No

(MUCP)

·        Flooded

Seven Springs

5

No

Wayne Co.

(MUCP)

·        Everything flood except one church on the hill not flooded

Location

In News

Study Area

Notes

Photo

Smithfield

4

No

Johnston Co.

(Piedmont/MUCP)

·        9’ Flood

Snow Hill

1

No

Greene Co.

(MUCP)

·        Flooded

 

Tar River Area

21

No

(MUCP)

·        Crested at 24’

Car

Tarboro

22

No

Edgecombe Co.

(MUCP)

·        Clinton visited

Topsail Beach

5

No

Pender Co.

(MUCP)

·        Roads washed away

·        Flooding

Trenton

3

No

Jones Co.

(MUCP)

·        Flooded

 

Vanceboro

1

No

Craven Co.

(MUCP)

·        Hundreds of homes flooded

Waccamaw River

4

No

(MUCP)

·        Flooded the banks

Walnut Creek

4

No

Wayne Co.

(MUCP)

·        Flooded the banks

Warren County

2

Yes

(Piedmont)

·        Two drown in flood

 

Warsaw

2

No

Duplin Co.

(MUCP)

·        Flooding

·        Without power for 8 days

Wayne County

2

No

(MUCP)

·        Two drown in flood

 

Weeksville

1

Yes

Pasquotank Co.

(Tidewater)

·        Tornado destroyed house

 

Location

In News

Study Area

Notes

Photo

Wilmington

4

No

New Hanover Co.

(MUCP)

·        Limited damages

Wilson

1

No

Wilson Co.

(MUCP)

·        50% under water

 

      NOTE:  MUCP is outside of the desirable Tidewater or Piedmont areas.

 

As the result of further filtering process to identify suitable sites, the following four sites were identified as final candidates.  It should be noted that two sites were identified for each of the regions, i.e. Tidewater and Piedmont.

 

Table 4.3 - Final Compilation of Candidate Sites

 

Location

In News

Study Area

Notes

Elizabeth City

1

Yes

Pasquotank Co.

(Tidewater)

·        Tornado

Weeksville

1

Yes

Pasquotank Co.

(Tidewater)

·        Tornado destroyed house

Louisburg

1

Yes

Franklin Co.

(Piedmont)

·        Record flood

Warren County

2

Yes

(Piedmont)

·        Two drown in flood

 

Elizabeth City was chosen to represent the situation in Tidewater region while Louisburg was chosen to represent Piedmont region.

 

Profiles of Selected Sites Used for Modeling

 

Louisburg, NC

 

Louisburg, the county seat and the largest town (4,200 population), is located in the geographical center of the county and was founded in 1779 when Franklin County was established.  Franklin County is located in the upper Piedmont plateau of North Carolina and covers 494.38 square miles.  Elevations range from 143 feet to 562 feet, with Louisburg being 280 feet above mean sea level.

 

Only 21 miles northeast of the state capital of Raleigh, three Interstate Highways (40, 85, and 95) are easily reached from Franklin County.  The internationally renowned Research Triangle Park, the world's largest research complex, is only 41 miles away.

 

Agriculture will continue to dominate the economic base in the county, but will be joined by companies such as Novo Nordisk Biochemical, Sprint, and I.C.L. Fujitsu which will help push Franklin County into the future.  Like the neighboring Triangle area, Franklin County will experience excellent growth throughout its borders.

 

Franklin County is part of the Raleigh-Durham Metropolitan Statistical Area. Raleigh-Durham MSA continues to receive top national rankings for its business climate and quality of life.  Franklin County boasts national and international companies such as Boston Gear, Hon, Lawson Mardon Wheaton, Sprint and others.

 

Employment opportunities are plentiful in the medical field, retail and general manufacturing facilities.  Retail sales are up every year due to improved retail opportunities and increased population. Unemployment is at an all-time low. Franklin County is rated in the top ten counties in population growth in North Carolina.  Several area tracts are under development for industrial parks.

 

Major senior citizen centers in Louisburg include Senior Citizens Center, Sweetom Group Home, and Zollieville Rest Home.

 

 

Elizabeth City, NC

 

Located where the narrows of the Pasquotank River open up and the river begins widening out on its course to the Albemarle Sound, Elizabeth City is the economic and commercial hub of the northeastern North Carolina mainland.  Although it was founded in 1793, it did not take on economic importance until the Dismal Swamp Canal was completed in 1805.  The Canal linked the sounds and rivers of northeastern North Carolina with the port of Norfolk, allowing area planters and lumber companies a safe and quick method of transporting their goods to market.

 

During the 20th century, Elizabeth City has grown steadily thanks to such local diversified industries as textiles, garment manufacturing, wood products, and agribusiness.  The city is the home of one state university, two colleges, the world's largest U. S. Coast Guard Air Station, a branch of the North Carolina Museum of History, and an airship (blimp) production plant.

 

Since it is located just twenty miles south of the Virginia - North Carolina border, Elizabeth City is within easy reach of the social and cultural activities found in the Virginia metropolitan areas of Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach.

 

The United States Coast Guard operates training and rescue facility here that has been the focus of many daring rescues by sea and by air.  Rescue teams from the station have been featured in the national spotlight on many occasions, including several daring rescues during the famous ''Perfect Storm'' of 1991.

 

Major senior homes in Elizabeth City include Virginia Dare House Elderly, Carolina Living, Harbor’s Edge Retirement Center.

 

The book The 100 Best Small Towns in America by Norm Crampton lists Elizabeth City at 65th. Macmillan General Reference, a Division of Simon & Schuster, Incorporated, publishes the book.