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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Larry and Betty Kelley, December 9, 1999. Interview K-0511. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

The flood was God's will, but people made it worse

Larry Kelley thinks that the flooding was God's will but that its effects were exacerbated by human factors: greed created overdevelopment, which eliminated forests that could have slowed the flow of the floodwaters. Instead of forests absorbing the water, Interstate 40 channeled it straight into Larry's area.

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Oral History Interview with Larry and Betty Kelley, December 9, 1999. Interview K-0511. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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