W.A. Pattillo Torn Down 2-2000 001

In September of 1999 Hurricane Floyd came through

With a deluge of water flooding the land

The Tar River expanded filling every classroom

The school I had taught in swam in six feet of water

What came next was wet books, mold and YUCK!

As you can see the results of Hurricane Floyd devastated Eastern North Carolina. I retired from teaching the year before after being at this school for the past twenty years. Being only a mile away from the river, we were on the high side of the flood plane. After receiving twelve inches of rain in two days, there was nowhere for the water to go. The old school was torn down and a new two-story building was built on the site. With block, concrete, and steel, it should be able to survive another flood if needed.

This past September Hurricane Florence came and sat on Wilmington, NC for three days dumping rain all over the surrounding region. Seems like Hurricanes, flooding, yucky mold, and mildew are part of choosing to live on the East Coast of North and South Carolina.

Today for d’Verse, De Jackson asked us to write a Quadrille of 44 words using the word yuck!  Join us at:


23 thoughts on “Demolition

  1. Buildings are the keepers of memories and moments and when they are razed, I have often wondered where those memories go. I once wrote a poem about a razing that addressed that question. You bring imagery to this that is terribly real. I am watching the track of Michael and thinking of y’all. Where will NC put more rain?

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  2. Spent time up your way (Fayetteville/Spring Lake), so it was hard to watch all the devastation. It seems like it hits home when there’s memories attached. We live with the threat of hurricanes, but never expect them to camp out and dump like that one did. Good writing — sad inspiration.

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