"People still don't know where they're going to go," said
The governor's office says nearly 80,000 residential structures in the state were damaged or destroyed by the storm across 48 counties, and about half of them sustained uninsured losses.
Homeowners who didn't have insurance can apply for small grants from the
But Hurricane Matthew hit many of the lowest-income residents occupying the lowest-lying land along rivers and creeks that came far out of their banks in what is now being called, in
"When you don't have insurance,
This week, McCrory asked the state's congressional delegation to pursue more than
As they did after Hurricane Floyd in 1999 and other hurricanes since, homeowners who had major damage and no insurance are expected to rely heavily on volunteer, mostly faith-based groups. Those groups are pleading for teams of volunteers to clean out flooded homes, remove the contents and pry off damaged sheet rock.
"That part doesn't cost much," said
But two or three months later, when the structure has dried out and the Mennonites -- or the Baptists, the Methodists, the Presbyterians or
After Floyd, most of those materials were paid for from a disaster relief fund set up by then-Gov.
Mixon oversees the governor's
"We have discovered that there are a lot of competing hurricane relief funds," Mixon said, including some that receive taxpayer funds, some that are organized by nonprofits such as the
At Tuesday's meeting, Mixon met with a subcommittee dedicated to raising money for the disaster relief fund, and its members brainstormed about possible sources for donations.
Until the money starts flowing in for repair and rebuilding, displaced residents remain scattered, living with friends or relatives or in hotels.
Some of the hotels available to displaced residents,
Further, Howard said, many of those who are living in hotels lost their cars as well as their homes. With no public transportation in
Ramsey's insurance paid off her 2010 car that was ruined in the flood and there was enough money to replace it, so she hasn't missed any work.
"We're OK," she said, but until her neighbors are able to move back in, "it's kind of lonely."
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