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Reporter recalls covering Floyd, its aftermath

By Gareth McGrathGareth.McGrath@StarNewsOnline.com

Fire ants, and they were angry.Dozens of the red insects scurried onto my hand and arm as I lifted the branch so our small johnboat could slip under the limb, normally 20 feet above dry land.Ten years ago this month, I had joined Pender County sheriff’s deputies searching for any marooned residents or pets – or worse – east of Burgaw.

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