When Howard County Assistant Fire Chief Gordon Wallace started his assignment in Harrells, N.C., he said he was stunned by the number of people who refused to leave their flooded homes.
The rural town last week was ravaged by Hurricane Florence, which has claimed at least 42 lives. Power was out, food was scarce and most roads could only be accessed by boat. And yet, they stayed.
“They are a very resilient people,” Wallace said. “People hunker down and they don’t want to leave.”
Wallace was sent to North Carolina on Sunday alongside eight Howard firemen to help with cleanup efforts. They were part of a Federal Emergency Management Agency Urban Search and Rescue Task...