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Thursday marks one-year Ernesto anniversary

Tropical Storm Ernesto hit our area nearly one year ago today. The effects of the storm are still being felt. After Tropical Storm Ernesto, many parts of Pender County were covered in four feet of standing water. Several residents hoped changes would be made to prevent future flooding along the Cape Fear River. Residents suggested having the county clean the river, get a drainage system or build a dam. The county emergency management director says the methods will not make a difference in the water level and that the county doesn't have the money for the projects. Pender County flood victim Harold Miller said, Emergency Management Director Eddie King said, "When they chose to build in an area that's identified as the flood plain or the flood way, the likelihood of flooding is actually a part of life." King says residents need to be prepared. Emergency management hopes to have a community emergency response team program to teach the residents basic first aid and rescue skills. The county has been working on this since last year and hopes to work out the final details shortly.

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