In the days after a flood recedes, there's a scene that plays out repeatedly. House after house looks like it's gotten violently ill and vomited all of its waterlogged possessions out on to the lawn.
"It's just heartbreaking," says Jerry Gray, 75, while sitting in his front yard in Kinston, North Carolina. What used to be his worldly goods are strewn on the lawn around him-- wet mattresses, broken furniture, soggy clothes.
"I've been here 16 years," Gray says with a sigh.