Week in review: floods and politics

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – For many, the past week has been about clean up and rebuilding after floods swept through areas in the East.

Millions of dollars of damage and thousands of homes and businesses were impacted in areas like Vanceboro, Greenville and Kinston.

The damage prompted officials in several cities to hold community clean up days.

“We love each other,” said Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas. “From the moment that storm hit, everybody rallied together to make a big difference here, and this is what this community is all about, in a pure form.”

State and national elections were also making headlines the last week. North Carolina Gubernatorial candidates Pat McCrory, Roy Cooper and Lon Cecil squared off in a debate. They talked about many issues, but one of the biggest was House Bill 2.

“I will not accept the radical changes that Roy Cooper and Jennifer Roberts has brought to North Carolina,” said McCrory.

“This is all he can talk about,” replied Cooper. “He goes over it all over national TV and talks about this.”

Cecil is also in favor of a repeal.

“Lets sit down with a reasoned discussion, look at the bill and write something that takes more than one day,” he said.

Meanwhile, presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump squared off in their final debate. The two differed on how to build the economy, handle illegal immigrants, and whether to accept the outcome of the election.

Clinton said she would, but Trump wanted to keep people in suspense.

“I will look at it at the time,” he said. “I’m not looking at anything now.”

Quick work by Greenville Police and the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office provided a happy reunion with for a mother and her two kids, who were at the center of a statewide amber alert.

Police said their father took the kids after a domestic dispute.

“The suspect was threatening the children, threatening to kill the children, which prompted our SWAT team to come out on this one,” said Greenville Police Chief Mark Holtzman

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