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Residents worry about homes from safety of North Carolina shelter

While tourist spots like Cape Hatteras and Nags Head in North Carolina were well-known spots of concern as Irene roared by, the location of New Bern, a small town situated just inside the barrier islands, had residents worried. The challenge for this area is that it's a low lying delta where two rivers meet the ocean.

Margaret Cheatham Williams

Kira Woolard, 4, a resident of Craven County, looks outside during the midst of Hurricane Irene, from the Brinson Elementary School shelter, facilitated by the American Red Cross, near New Bern, N.C.

About 100 people, many from more rural, low-lying areas or mobile home parks took shelter in advance of the storm which hit the area Saturday. But more were expected as people fled damaged homes.  

Margaret Cheatham Williams

Kira Woolard, 4, says hello to Mark Sturgill, during the midst of Hurricane Irene.

The shelter itself also started showing signs of wear as the storm raged on. Due to many leaks, it's unlikely it will open for school for several weeks.

Margaret Cheatham Williams

Betty Hamby, the manager of the Brinson Elementary School shelter in New Bern, N.C, makes calls to better determine the course and damage caused by Hurricane Irene.

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