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Volunteers Hope To Rebuild Homes, Businesses Before FEMA Trailer Deadline

Posted March 26, 2000

— A bonanza of building has begun in Edgecombe County.

Volunteers want to build dozens of homes and businesses to replace the ones lost in the flood. They want to do it before theFEMAtrailer deadline in March when everyone living in temporary homes has to be out.

"We are hoping that in collaboration with some other organizations -- the county, the city and the General Baptist State Convention -- that we can meet the deadline and get these people into some affordable housing," says Kim Graham of the East Tarboro/Princeville Community Development Corporation.

For flood victim Bertha Barnes, the housing market was tough before and almost impossible now.

"I try not to let it get me down because I know by that time, I should be somewhere, and I am hoping to be somewhere comfortable," Barnes says.

The new homes stand out in a community dominated by the aftereffects of Floyd. Gwen Betrand came out to check out the homes for her relatives. She says the homes are nicer than the ones that were there before the storm.

"I had not seen the inside of it but I am really pleased with what I see," Bertrand says.

Edgecombe County officials are hoping that residents purchase the homes in the near future.


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