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Pender County still dealing with aftermath of Ernesto

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PENDER COUNTY -- We continue our look back at the aftermath of Tropical Storm Ernesto. It was one year ago Friday that we were in his grip. Little did we know we'd be dealing with the aftermath a year later. Around this time last year Tropical Storm Ernesto left one neighborhood in Pender County in four feet of standing water. Now some residents say the flooding can be prevented. Flooding victim Harold Miller remembers Ernesto well. "This whole area here was flooded out. We had to boat in, boat out and we stayed with a neighbor the whole time and we'd just come in to check on how things were," Miller said. Miller believes if the river is cleaned up the flooding will stop. "You can ride down through the river where all the trees have fallen over in there. You have to weave in and out so there is a lot of debris in the river from the storms," Miller said. Emergency Management Director Eddie King disagrees. "It's such a wide body of water the debris is not causing that much of a problem on the river itself," King said. Despite residents' concerns after last year's floods nothing has changed. 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 a way of life." Miller is committed to staying. "If you're going to live here you know what you've got to do so you just have got to be prepared to do it." If you look at the past to predict the future there's a good chance Pender County will flood again. Pender County's emergency management director says every family should have a disaster supply kit with three days worth of food, bottled water and medicine. "My father tells me i was crazy for moving down here with the flooding but he loves to come and the family does, they love to come and sit on the river," Miller said.

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