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In North Carolina, where some residents are starting to return to their homes, the governor has pledged to help rebuild one of the historic towns destroyed by the recent hurricane.  On Thursday Gov. Pat McCrory made an aerial tour of Princeville, one of the country’s oldest towns charted by African-Americans.

The town overrun by the floodwaters of Hurricane Matthew was also inundated in 1999 during Hurricane Floyd.  According to the governor, National Guard troops have been sent to Princeville with high-water vehicles to ensure no one loots stores or steals from vacant homes.

McCrory also stated that the flooding may be worse than what’s occurring to the south in Lumberton.  The number of statewide power outages continues to drop, down to about 44,000 from a peak of more than 800,000 Sunday.

According to Gov. McCrory the state’s death toll climbed to 22, however flooding continues to be a major problem in poor areas in the eastern part of the state.  On September 15, 1999 Hurricane Floyd made its way on land, not long after another Hurricane flooded the state.

The rising Tar River engulfed Princeville in water 20 feet deep 48 hours later.  The city’s rebuilding effort was boosted by Princeville’s history as one of the country’s first towns created by freed slaves in 1865.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency gave $26 million to Princeville’s residents and another $1.5 million to the town.

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