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Halifax County Still Dealing With Effects Of Isabel

Posted September 26, 2003

— A week ago, Hurricane Isabel left many residents in southeast Halifax County without power and forced many out of their homes. Now, almost all power has been restored, but many in Halifax County are still waiting for some assistance.

Martha and Stephanie Sanders lost everything in their refrigerator after three days without power. Relief trucks brought water and ice, but now they said they need other things.

"It's just the food part now. Now, we got to build back up on food," resident Martha Sanders said.

The problem is, they do not have a way to get to a food distribution center in Roanoke Rapids. This weekend, the state will set up application centers for emergency food stamps.

Bertha Vines said she did not know that federal disaster funds may cover what homeowners insurance will not, but only if she files with the Federal Emergency Management Agency soon. She said all she has been able to think about is the awful scene outside her front door.

"I still thank God that I am still alive to come out here and look," she said.

If you suffered property damage from Hurricane Isabel, you can register with FEMA by calling 1-800-621-FEMA. You may or may not qualify for assistance, but you have just 60 days to call in your request.

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