Hurricane Floyd's Floods Memorialized at River Park North
Federal officials placed a reminder of Hurricane Floyd’s damage in Greenville’s River Park North this month. The National Weather Service and Southeastern River Forecast Center, along with the City of Greenville, commemorated the area’s historic flood of 1999 with a high water mark plaque at the Walter L. Stasavich Science and Nature Center.
Officials unveiled the sign on November 4th showing where Hurricane Floyd’s heavy rainfall caused the Tar River at Greenville to crest at a record level of 25.67 feet on September 21, 1999. The flooding destroyed the nature center at River Park North. The Walter L. Stasavich Science and Nature Center was built in its place on an elevation so that future flooding would not disturb it. It opened in the summer of 2005.
Hurricane Floyd caused 52 deaths in North Carolina, 36 of which were attributed to drowning. In addition, physical damage to property topped a billion dollars, and lost revenue was estimated at up to 4 billion dollars. Tens of thousands of homes were damaged and destroyed in the historic floods in the days and weeks following Hurricane Floyd. While only a category 2 hurricane at landfall with winds around 100 MPH, Hurricane Floyd ranks as one of most costly hurricanes to hit the United States during the past century.
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Last Modified: 11/18/2008