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‘It is tragic’: Daughter learns of Duplin woman’s death via Facebook

September 27, 2018

Duplin County woman dies in Florence's floodwaters

Lisa Boyce said she could hear the fear in her mother’s voice over the phone when she spoke to her during Hurricane Florence.

“I think panic was starting to set in,” Boyce said.

Winds were picking up, and floodwaters were rising.

Boyce urged her mother, Delores Brock, 79, to stay home.

“I had convinced her, don’t go anywhere, and why she did, I don’t know,” Boyce said. “I have no idea. I will never know.”

Down the road from Brock’s home, on North Williams Road, there is new pavement and dirt, but when Florence moved through, it was covered in water.

Boyce said her mother’s car washed away.

“It just kind of overturned her, I guess,” Boyce said.

Boyce found out when pictures were posted on Facebook. At first, she didn’t believe it.

“Then, someone said, ‘That’s your mom,’” Boyce said.

Brock was a home health nurse who lived to help others.

Boyce said she is sharing the story to help others learn the lesson – when emergency officials say stay off the road, listen to them.

“It is tragic, and it is a loss of life that could have been prevented. It is my mom, it hurts, and I’m sure it is going to get worse,” Boyce said.

Boyce says she contacted authorities, and her mother was added to a list of people who might need help with evacuation, but she does not know her mother decided to get on the road on her own.

A funeral service is planned for Friday.

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