A rapid response

“Hurricane Matthew delivered 350 millimeters in rain over 24 hours—that’s about the same amount of rainfall that Chapel Hill receives in three months.” -UNC geography professor Diego Riveros-Iregui

In October, flooding from Hurricane Matthew caused $1.5 billion in damage to 100,000 North Carolina houses, businesses and government buildings. The Category 5 storm took the lives of 28 North Carolinians, forced more than 4,000 people to evacuate and impacted 50 counties across the state.

In the months following one of the most destructive hurricanes of the past decade in eastern North Carolina, UNC researchers had to act fast. Using a unique grant from the National Science Foundation, they’re testing water quality in Lumberton—one of the hardest-hit places during the storm—to help North Carolinians recover.

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