Coastal Areas NC, Flood And Wind Devestation, Sep 1913


Special to The New York Times.
Raleigh, N. C., Sept. 4. -- Twelve persons are known to have perished as a result of yesterday's floods and wind in Eastern North Carolina. Persons returning from the stricken districts say the death list may reach fifty.
The mile-long bridge over the Pamilco River on the Norfolk Southern Railroad at Washington went down, and half a dozen tugboats, driven by the backing tide, sand when they struck the timbers. Two unknown men were drowned there. Two children were founded dead in a Washington house that had been washed away.
Three dead were taken from MONK'S warehouse at Farmville. These had been killed by falling bricks. They were McKINLEY WALKER and WALTER BYNUM, lads of 12, and JOHN DOUGLAS, a negro helper. Twenty were injured, but not fatally.
The property loss in Washington is estimated at $1,500,000, and in Beaufort at $3,500,000. Belhaven and Newbern both suffered heavily. Three persons are known to have been drowned in Newbern.
The rivers are full of floating houses and the country districts are overrun with refugees. Every railroad train is held up. The destroyed Washington Bridge will interrupt traffic three weeks. Worse disaster was barely averted. An engineer on the Norfolk Southern ran his passenger train on the Pamlico Bridge, but saw the backing waters coming and moved off. The waters struck the bridge and swept it away.
The entire property loss is to-night estimated at $25,000,000.
The State will send relief trains to the stricken districts to-morrow.

The New York Times New York 1913-09-05