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I just received this from Betty Driver, our friend and former neighbor in the Beaverdam Community of Canton, North Carolina. Most of the news has been about panhandle Florida and coastal Alabama, but clearly, Ivan’s reach was far and wide.

“This is just to update you on our situation here. I am sending it to both addresses since I don’t know how your will be accessing your email. Pensacola was bad according to the news. I hope you home and family are OK.

The flooding here is unreal. I praise God to be alive and undamaged. Many of our neighbors are homeless. The roads are washed out and businesses are flooded. You have never seen anything like it. There are 8 confirmed dead so far and there will probably be more. They are searching a development which slid down the mountain in Franklin for bodies. A 13-year-old child from Canton wandered away from home and had not been found last time I heard. Beaverdam Creek was out over its banks and nearly flooded Shane Thompson’s trailer. It was more like a river. The roads and even the interstates are collapsing. The side of Beaverdam Road is collapsing. Trees are hanging from power lines. It is a real adventure to drive to town. We have our power back, but we are on a boil-water advisory. Our church steeple is still leaking and we have some damage to our sanctuary again and water in the fellowship hall. Hopefully it will dry out for Sunday. It is minor compared to the rest of the community. You might like to go to ashevillecitizen.com or wlos.com to see the pictures and read the news. Harold and Hilda Rice are stranded. Their bridge has washed away. The have the house just behind the trailer park at across from the end of Rice Cove. Linda and Harvey Worley have a tree down on their house. Carol Sorrell’s family lost all their vehicles when a tree fell on them. Blue Ridge Paper is flooded again. The water was up 14 inches higher than last time. I guess you are glad not to be here. I don’t know which sounds worse, Pensacola or Canton. Pray for all of us.”




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