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Recovery Slow, Expensive in Rocky Mount

Posted September 14, 2000

— The water eventually receded, but a year later, many people have not returned to their homes in Rocky Mount. There are still Floyd victims living in temporary housing or with family members.

In the meantime, homes and businesses are being refurbished, though many people are starting from scratch. Volunteers have been involved from day one in the rebuilding process.

Rocky Mount's recovery will be one of the most expensive in North Carolina. State and federal money combined will eventually add up to more than $83 million.

T'Juana Knight is one of hundreds of people still struggling. She lost her home, her car and her job in the flood.

"As soon as someone says they have job openings over here, everybody's running to that location," she says. "So, by the time I get there -- with no tranpsortation -- by the time I get there, it's already gone."

Knight is working in the recovery center that is still open at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church.

A notebook at the church is filled with the names of people who got help, but there is much more to do.

"A lot of people need money," says the Rev. Glenn Silver. "They need money to make down payments if they're purchasing homes, money for first and last month's rent and deposits if they're renting."

Nearly 700 families were displaced in Rocky Mount. ThestateandFEMAare paying millions to get those people back home.

"To lose a home, it's not the easiest thing to get over," flood victim Catherine Brown says. "Once you find a home you can call home, that's a blessing. And then, you can forget some of the things, but you'll never forget everything."


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