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Oral History Interview with Billy Ray Hall, January 20, 2000. Interview K-0509. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007).
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  • Abstract
    Billy Ray Hall, as President of the Rural Economic Development Center, coordinated North Carolina's clean-up and recovery efforts after Hurricane Floyd. In this information-rich interview, Hall discusses the scope of the damage in eastern North Carolina. He focuses on the economic effects of the flood, but briefly discusses the environmental impact as well, claiming that the much-feared hog lagoon flooding actually had only marginal impact. Hall describes how a lack of preparation stifled North Carolina's response to flooding and wind damage, but he thinks the ongoing recovery effort is going well and is optimistic about North Carolina's future preparedness. Hall does not describe at any length how North Carolinians affected by the flood responded to the disaster and its aftermath, and he does not go into detail about on-the-ground rebuilding programs.
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  • Role of the Rural Economic Development Center in hurricane recovery
  • The vast damage caused by Hurricane Floyd
  • Desire for smart farming to insulate against future hurricane damage
  • Smart development to minimize hurricane damage
  • The challenge and expense of restoring flood-damaged farmland
  • Housing, economic, and public health needs after a natural disaster
  • Role of grassroots organizations in coordinating disaster relief
  • Frustration with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • Hurricanes Floyd and Irene's vast damage to livestock and fisheries
  • Hope that diversification will save North Carolina's agricultural economy
  • Hurricane Floyd as a learning experience
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  • Subjects
  • North Carolina--Politics and government--1951-
  • North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center
  • Hall, Billy Ray
  • Hurricane Floyd, 1999
  • Floods--North Carolina
  • Disaster relief--North Carolina
  • Hurricane Fran, 1996
  • United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency
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