Traffic leading out of Charleston, S.C., is bumper-to-bumper on Interstate 26 as coastal residents evacuate the area, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 1999, as Hurricane Floyd moves closer to South Carolina. First-term Gov. Jim Hodges is blamed by those who said he waited too long to turn Interstate 26 into a one-way road inland. The highway backed up quickly after Hodges ordered an evacuation at noon Tuesday that affected an estimated 800,000 people in coastal areas. Traffic continues at a crawl Wednesday morning.
Toan Le helps his wife, Chi, wade thru the floodwaters on Memorial Drive in Goldsboro, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 16, 1999. The Fairfax, Va. couple were on their way home from a vacation at the N.C. coast when they drove thru the floodwaters, stalling their car, forcing them to adandon it. Heavy rains associated with Hurricane Floyd dumped more that 12 inches of rain on the area overnight.
Residents of Portsmouth, Va., form a line to receive drinking water being distributed by the Virgina National Guard in a shopping mall parking lot Friday, Sept. 17, 1999. Distribution was to begin at noon with residents arriving as early as 9:00 a.m. to wait in line. Water still had not arrived by late afternoon. More than 100,000 people living in Portsmouth and parts of Chesapeake and Suffolk Virginia are without water in the aftermath of Hurricane Floyd. Officials say it may be as long as seven to 10days before the water system is back on line.
This aerial photo shows the Cherry Grove pier torn in half by Hurricane Floyd Thursday, Sept. 16, 1999, in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. Hurricane Floyd roared ashore Thursday, then quickly weakened after flooding the coasts of the Carolinas and Virginia with more than a foot of rain and chasing tens of thousands of people into shelters.
Cameron Smith, front, rolls furniture out to the street as his father, Tommy, and sister, Lauren, right, help him clean out his flooded home in Rocky Mount, N.C., Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999. Smith is one of hundreds of people displaced by flooding caused by Hurricane Floyd in the Rocky Mount area.
Water covers a row of houses in Tarboro, N.C. Thursday, Sept. 23, 1999. A week after Hurricane Floyd dumped 20 inches of rain, floodwaters were receding across much of eastern North Carolina. Across the soggy, 18,000-square-mile region, more than 700 roads remained flooded, the number of confirmed deaths inched up to 42, and thousands of people remain in shelters.
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