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Seven inches of rain in 12
hours caused flooding in
low-lying areas, such as
Eastgate Shopping Center.
Worth Civils and Kate Hartig
City/State & National Editor and Staff Writer
Heavy rains from a stalled weather
system dumped more than seven inches
of rain on Chapel Hill Sunday night and
Monday morning, causing serious flood
ing in some parts of town.
From Camelot Village apartment
complex to Eastgate Shopping Center,
both off Estes Drive, residents and busi
nesses along Bolin and Booker creeks
have experienced extensive water dam
age caused by the flooding. A section of
Piney Mountain Road even collapsed
when Booker Creek overflowed.
Scott Sharpe, a meteorologist with
the National Weather Service in
Raleigh, said upper air wind patterns
caused the weather system to stall, caus
ing an “ungodly amount of rainfall."
Urbanization also contributed to the
flooding, Sharpe said. “More asphalt
means quicker runoff, causing a more
localized, more dramatic affect,” he said
of the flooding.
At Camelot Village, the flooding
forced the swift-water rescue team of the
Southern Orange Rescue Squad to pull
people from their apartments.
Robert Bosworth, deputy chief of
operations for the Chapel Hill Fire
Department, said that once the water
reached above knee-level, the team was
called in to rescue 12 to 18 residents by
boat. He said the main threat from the
flooding was unhealthy exposure to
contaminants, such as sewer infiltration.
But the rescues were not the biggest
problem with the flooding, Bosworth
UNC officials traveled to
South Africa to take part in
an international conference
focusing on the AIDS virus.
Professors, administrators and alum
ni from the University presented and
listened to recent AIDS and HIV find
ings during an international conference
designed to exchange research in the
race to find a cure.
The thirteenth annual International
AIDS Conference, which drew more
than 10,000 attendees was held July 9-
14 in the South African city of Durban.
Those in attendance included universi
ty professors, students, Durban citizens
and former president of South Africa
Lawal Garba, a post-doctoral fellow
working with microbiology Professor
Jeffrey Frelinger, attended the confer
ence to present findings discovered
through research compiled on HIV at
the University. He said being in Africa
left him with a sense of goodness.
“The atmosphere was great and the
people were friendly,” Garba said.
Durban is located in sub-Saharan
Africa, where 70 percent of the world’s
HIV-infected population calls home.
The area has the highest HIV record in
the world, Garba said.
“That makes it really special because
it’s like taking the conference to the
place it really matters the most,” Garba
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“What made this so bad was the
water coming to areas that weren’t
affected in the past - not in 1995 (from
a tropical depression), nor either of the
Hurricanes (Fran or Floyd).”
One such affected area was Eastgate
Shopping Center, located on East
Franklin Street, where flooding caused
extensive damage to many of the busi
nesses, worse than Hurricane Fran some
owners and shopkeepers said.
Spencer Pope, manager of the Loop
Restaurant, 507 Eastgate Shopping
Center, said the restaurant had three
and one-half feet of standing water in
the restaurant early Monday morning.
During Hurricane Fran, only six-inches
of standing water was in the restaurant.
“We lost 80 percent of the restau
rant,” Pope said. “There was standing
water from the entry all the way to the
He said they probably have two or
more weeks of work left before they
might re-open for business.
“There is a creek that runs right
under this place,” Pope said. “It’s like we
are just sitting in a bowl of water. I
couldn’t believe it when I came up.”
Play it Again Sports also suffered sim
ilar water damage. Like the Loop, they
had three and one-half feet of standing
water, compared to only eight inches
during Hurricane Fran.
“This has never happened before
during just a regular rain storm,” owner
Dean Mathias said. “I figured we were
okay as far as flooding goes, except for
The water in Mathias’ store reached
up to the computers on a four-foot tall
counter in the middle of the store and
damaged a majority of the merchandise,
he said. “We lost close to slo,ooojust in
treadmills,” Mathias said. “It wasn’t all
Plans for Scholars Program to Continue into Fall
\ Courtney Mabfus
Faculty and administrators from both
Duke and UNC said this week they con
tinue to forge ahead in designing the
Robertson Scholars Program and expect
the search for the program’s director to
end by September.
The program, scheduled to start in
the fall of 2001., was announced in June,
following a S2B million donation from
UNC alumnus and New York invest
ment manager Julian H. Robertson Jr.
The money will help foster ties
between both historically rival universi
ties by setting up a joint program in
which 15 students from each university
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An overflowing creek caused a section of Piney Mountain Road, top,
east of Airport Road, to collapse late Sunday night from the weekend's
storms. Treadmills and exercise machines at Eastgate Shopping Center's
Play It Again Sports, right, were damaged due to the torrential rain.
Making problems even worse, many
of the stores at Eastgate did not have
flood insurance, Pope said.
“Flood insurance is expensive,” he
said. “It costs like $30,000 a year. I can
say that most stores around here had a
policy on their desk, or in the works, hut
most hadn’t acted on it because it wasn’t
hurricane season just yet.”
As shop owners continue to evaluate
the damage and residents begin return
ing to their homes, Sharpe said the rain
follow a course of study split between
the two institutions.
Darryl Gless, interim co-chairperson
of the program and a professor of
English, said the search, which began
nearly two weeks ago, has been adver
tised nationally and has already received
replies from many interested candidates.
“Quite a number are coming in
already, the deadline is open,” he said.
“Basically, setting up leadership is what
we are doing.”
Gless said it was too early to name
any possible candidates being consid
ered for the role.
Potential candidates will be reviewed
by a committee consisting of faculty and
administrators from both institutions.
McCoy Caps Off Stellar UNC
Career When Moeser Steps In
Asa student at the University 45 years ago,
Interim Chancellor William McCoy worked in
Wilson Library for $.50 an hour shelving books.
When McCoy took the reins of the University in
spring 1999, he was faced with a string of problems
and decisions that carried a lot more weight than
his former job.
On August 15, McCoy will officially retire from
the University to make way for Chancellor-elect
When late Chancellor Michael Hooker took a
leave of absence from the University to undergo
cancer treatment, UNC President Molly Broad
made the call to McCoy requesting that he come
out of retirement to serve as acting chancellor.
McCoy had been an active alumnus and had
worked with the UNC General Administration, but
he did not expect the call from Broad.
“I will forever be grateful to McCoy for shifting
his personal priorities to the University,” Broad
would likely continue. He said it showed
no signs of letting up any time soon,
potentially causing more flooding in
areas where the ground was already sat
“The upper air patterns are not
changing,” he said. “I can’t say there will
be a dry period for the next five to 10
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“What we’re aiming for is a
scholarship that awards merit.
That is not confined to elitist
Professor of English
When the time for a decision comes,
Gless said students will be involved in
the final decision.
Plans are underway to involve stu
dents from both Duke and UNC in the
formation of an advisory committee
designed to lend administrators prelim
inary advice on the program.
Administrators are currendy soliciting
student names from Student Body
President Brad Matthews.
Gless said getting students together
was half the batde, as he hopes to have
the group meet before the start of fall
“We hope to have the group meet by
August 2 if we have enough people,” he
Still, administrators must work on
advertising a program that has been
touted by officials from both schools as
a hefty recruiting device. Gless said
potential incoming students for the fall
of 2001 could expect to start seeing
materials by this fall.
said. “I believe he performed extraordinarily well
in a difficult time for the University.”
McCoy accepted the position because he knew
that the University was in a time of need.
“I have the same feeling that many of us here
do, which is a very special feeling about this place,
and I wanted to do everything I could to help,"
Immediately upon his arrival in South Building,
a short stroll from his workplace as a student, he
was met with a $9.8 million budget shortfall and a
long line of demanding students protesting UNC’s
connection with Nike, which had been accused of
cruel labor practices. McCoy received no grace
period to help ease into his new position.
“1 knew from my experience in the business
world that any large organization was going to
have its problems,” McCoy said. “But, I had con
fidence in the administration, faculty and students
that they would pull together in the face of adver
sity and reach a solution.”
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“We expect that to attract a lot of
attention,” Gless said.
For now, cooperation in laying the
foundation for the program between
Duke and UNC has been great.
“Right from the beginning everybody
on both teams was excited by the idea,”
Faculty and administrators from both
schools are also getting ready for the
program by preparing seminars and
planning retreats for participants.
In addition, administrators are plan
ning for a bus system which will trans
port not only scholars but other students
and faculty between both schools. Gless
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