Now, even while seeking aid to replace her belongings and arrange long-term housing, she has more pressing needs: "I ain't got no clothes. I left my clothes in there!"
If other recent floods in
But Williams was told that it could take a week or more to get to the next step, which will be a phone call from another representative who will go over her information again. She doesn't have renter's insurance and fears her stuff has been ruined. Making matters worse, she hasn't been able to get to her job as a home health nurse and doesn't expect a paycheck this week.
"I've had a headache for about four days," the 53-year-old said, taking a drag off a cigarette.
Her stress may not go away anytime soon if other recent flood disasters are a guide. In
She is struggling just to get her family on the waiting list for a government-issued mobile home, which would allow them to live on their property while they repair damage. Daily phone calls to
"We feel like we're not making any progress forward," said Burge, a married mother of three young sons. "We don't want money in our pockets. We just want to go home."
"For a while, we had people living in tents," he said. "People are just working their way back slowly."
"We've known for quite some time that flooding is the most common and costly disaster we see in the
More than 24,000 survivors in hard-hit
As of Thursday morning, about 3,400 people were staying in more than 40 shelters in eastern
"We want to get these people out of shelters so they have more privacy, so they have more dignity, so they have better care, so they can be with their families and reunited with their pets if possible," Gov.
More permanent housing will be "a major challenge," McCrory said.
The program has received more than 20,000 applications from residents, who are eligible for grants of up to
Many residents and elected officials have criticized the program's pace.
"It's the red tape on top of red tape, which takes up weeks and months," said state Sen.
This week, 466 households in
Meier doesn't know if she'll be eligible for any federal assistance. She's not sure she will even ask for it.
"I've lost a lot, but it can come back," she said. "It's able to be replaced. I have the most important things."
Kunzelman reported from