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'Camper City' Provides Shelters for Families That Lost Everything

Posted September 26, 1999

— More than 35,000 flood victims are registered for state and federal assistance. In Rocky Mount, a camper city is set up to give shelter to families who lost everything.

Loria and Roosevelt Martin are one of the first families settling in, showing their friends what they too are eligible for.

"The accommodations are small, but I thank God for the small things too," said Roosevelt.

Princeville was their home. Who knows when they can even return, but they know they will not go back to a shelter.

"You bring the family back together again. At the shelter, we were not together as a family," said Loria.

Construction for the Martins' future neighbors is under way. Eventually, 300 trailers will move in, but some work has to be done.

They have to gravel the road, get ready for trailers and install utility poles for electric and phone lines.

Residents are using port-o-lets, one for every five campers, until their water lines are connected. For now, lights and electricity are generated by a battery hooked up to each trailer.

Cynthia Kea said the trailer is far better than where her family was staying.

"I was at the shelter, and my kids were at my cousin's house. I want something so we can come home," said Kea.

Though life has not returned to normal for some of the families, the children have found a way to amuse themselves. The next step for the Keas is what is on every mind here.

"From here, I hope to get me a bigger house, permanent home, whatever God says he will provide for me and my kids," said Kea.

The camper city will be their home for up to the next year and a half until they can find permanent housing. Reporter: Barbara Cain

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