Buffeted by weather, a historic town in North Carolina strives to endure

Princeville What Lies Ahead

FILE – A boat carrying a group of Princeville, N.C., residents travels down Main Street after floodwaters from the Tar River completely flooded the town on Sept. 17, 1999, in the aftermath of Hurricane Floyd. The town, whose seal proudly declares it “the oldest town chartered by Blacks in America,” has flooded many times. (AP Photo/Alan Marler, File)

PRINCEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Historic Princeville, on the banks of the Tar River in eastern North Carolina, is one hurricane away from disaster.

The town, which stakes its claim as the oldest in the U.S. founded by Black Americans nearly 140 years ago, has flooded many times.

Two hurricanes 17 years apart created catastrophic flooding in the town, which was built on swampy, low-lying land.

Now, with an ever-changing climate, the future is uncertain. Hurricanes are likely to be more intense, and melting glaciers are causing sea levels to rise, making more flooding inevitable.

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