>> A situation that's never happened in recorded history, I didn't anticipate it happening again. But I would call it, to be honest with you, a biblical event.>> Fair Bluff, North Carolina experienced a once in a lifetime storm twice in two years. This rural community was hit so hard by Hurricane Matthew in 2016 that its downtown area was still abandoned when it got walloped again last month by Hurricane Florence.
>> The only difference between Matthew and Florence, we were a little more prepared this time, a little more advanced warning. This time, it came up to Matthew's level and just a little bit more for us.>> And residents in places like Fair Bluff are wondering if it's worth remaining or rebuilding.
>> I came back in 2002 when my mother got sick and I've been here since.>> Kathrina Bullock renovated her childhood home after Matthew, then came Florence.>> The water, that river back there will get you.>> She says she's not sure if she can rebuild a second time.
>> I'm constantly praying on that. I'm undecided right now, but I'm constantly praying on it.>> Beyond weathering hurricanes, many small towns in North Carolina were already struggling from a decline in agriculture and manufacturing.>> No one's gonna come into town and buy a 120, 30 year old building that's about to fall down, been flooded.
Historic flooding in 23 months separation. It's not going to happen.>> Two floods in two years, some people don't think there should be a viable downtown here anymore. It should be moved out to the outer areas that did not flood.>> Experts say such towns face permanent changes with fewer residents, fewer businesses and fewer prospects of returning to what the areas looked like just a generation ago.
But if you ask Randy Brit who's lived here his whole life and owns a still closed shop on Main Street, he's not giving up just yet.>> There's always hope. If there wasn't hope, I wouldn't be Fair Bluff right now