Much of the property has been cleared where the flooded-out
Five months ago, a small congregation resumed services in the renovated sanctuary of the
['He's with us:'
It was a year ago this weekend that Florence -- the wettest tropical cyclone in recorded history to hit the Carolinas -- devastated portions of
At one point a Category 4 hurricane, the storm sputtered by the time it moved inland from
Overall, an estimated 8 trillion gallons of rainwater fell across the state.
[Final report on Hurricane Florence's record-smashing destruction]
The hurricane caused extensive damage, setting a mark for the costliest storm to hit the Carolinas. According to the
It also contributed to the deaths of at least 59 people, with more than 40 of those reported in
The city of
The day before the river crested, 1,474 people sought refuge in eight county shelters and shelters at True Vine Ministries,
"It hurts so much to see everything you worked for over the years to go in the Dumpster," an emotional
"We have not received that money," said C.J.
In early 2017, the state was awarded
As for the Florence funding, Munger said, "Hundreds of people" have applied for the HUD block grant-disaster relief money. "It's been very challenging. We are still waiting. We know the money will be coming. Award letters are being generated. We hope to complete that very soon."
Recovery and Resiliency is but one of the agencies providing storm victim assistance. Among others, people applied for help from the
On Thursday, Cooper updated the state on the progress of the recovery from three storms in three years: Hurricanes Matthew in
[Still waiting: Federal dollars slow to reach hurricane victims]
Emergency Management "has delivered
Last week, Cooper met with President
The governor's office also announced that nearly
----Hurricane Florence destroyed the 24-room
[PHOTOS: Hurricane Florence makes landfall]
"Right now," the 51-year-old
He said they had received a loan from the federal
"If we rebuild the same -- with everything the same -- then we cannot survive," he said, referring to the competitive hotel trade in the area.
At the same flood-hit area where
Guns Plus, the site of a short-lived reality television series, was another
[Business owners recover from Florence flooding]
Guns Plus reopened around the last week of January.
Another part of
['Oh God, this is horrible':
Some of the trailers that were on site before the storm are gone. On Wednesday, only 11 of the park's mobile homes remained, and they are all abandoned, uninhabitable from extreme water damage. The approximately 24 residents who were living there before Florence have relocated.
"He sell the trailers,"
She has made her home for nearly 30 years near the entrance of the shuttered park. Her house was not flooded during Florence.
"Oh, Lord, It was bad," said DeLozier, 60. "I remember a man coming to my door, knocking on my door, and saying, 'Get out.' "
The park residents were not allowed to return to the park and live, DeLozier said.
"We're not where the residents want to be and where they hoped to have been almost a year later in terms of some still have not been able to move back into their homes," Dobbins said. He estimated that 18 to 20 families remain displaced in the
"My heart goes out that they can't seem to get back into their homes any quicker than the process is," Dobbins said. "I don't want to throw anybody under the bus, but people's lives and happiness are at stake here."
----Roughly 150 homes were destroyed or received major damage in
He's unsure how many of the people who lived in those residences are still displaced.
"That's hard to track," he said. "There are so many different situations. Some go on to rent. I know quite a few of those homes along the
[Florence toll on
"We're still working on recovery," he said. "We definitely learned during Matthew that recovery is a slow process. Now is a waiting game. It (federal and state assistance) really hasn't come down the pipe.
"We're continually striving and working to get the citizens back to where -- they may not get back whole -- but to safe, sanitary and normal living conditions. Whenever the state or federal programs get (the assistance) to the people that need it, those who have unmet needs, we'll do our due diligence to get folks taken care of."
----The incessant, pounding rains of Hurricane Florence wreaked havoc on a stretch of
[PHOTOS: Florence damage in
"Our family struggled for a while," the 25-year-old
The Villaneuvas purchased flood coverage after floodwaters from Florence reached 4 to 6 inches inside their two-story home.
Before Dorian's arrival earlier this month, sandbags were stacked mostly three high at the front entrance to the house. "The water didn't get high,"
[Florence: A disaster that united a
Down the road, another military spouse --
"They've done a good job cleaning up. Down there," she said, referring to a nearby home, "it was almost over half their garage. My and my husband went down there (and waded through the water) until it was chest high."
The Cole family evacuated, and their home emerged unscathed.
The group, also known as
['You prepare for the worst, hope for the best':
He said the state's
Four to six weeks ago, the N.C. Baptists on Mission completed its six Florence-related residential projects in
"We still got a lot to do," Martin said. "We haven't gotten any (more) requests come in for
['He is a very strong little boy': Baby born during Florence]
Overall, he said, the ministry organization has received 3,200 requests for assistance statewide from Florence damages.
Repair costs, thus far, have reached "in the millions," Martin said. "We're just really getting started pretty good. It's been a year, but we've got a flow going. I think 325 was the last number I had (of homes finished) over the whole state. We've still got a ways to go. We're looking at a three-year project."
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