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People look to salvage homes, rebuild lives in Micro

Posted April 25, 2011

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— In the immediate aftermath of the cluster of tornadoes that razed parts of the state last week, relief organizations and volunteers rushed in to provide food and water for victims; but a week later, needs are changing for affected families in Johnston County.

For some, it's diapers and wipes. For others, it's a good night's sleep.

Sam Barnes came to volunteer at First Baptist Church in Micro right after the storm hit.

"I am very tired, but it's okay, it's a good tired," she said.

She said donations continue to pour in, but the stream of storm victims is slowing. What some families need now that they're trying to rebuild their homes and their lives simply can't be provided by the church.

"Our main focus is trying to get a place to stay," said storm victim Craig Foye.

People look to salvage homes, rebuild lives in Micro People look to salvage homes, rebuild lives in Micro

Uprooted trees poked holes in his mobile home in the Beulah in the Pines community. He wants to salvage the place, but worries the damage is too great.

Foye doesn't have insurance and said he's forced to gamble on help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

"I do not have a lot of answers. I have not had a good night's sleep," he said.

Next door, Vicente Rodriguez's home is still standing – but not for long. Rodriguez said he learned Monday that it was deemed unsafe and will have to be leveled.

He is not alone. Many people in storm-ravaged areas like Micro whose homes weren't taken by the tornado will be taken by a bulldozer.

"There are some of them that lost everything and they are starting over," Barnes said.

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  • maggielou32 Apr 26, 2011

    Born and raised in JOCO, you should take those items to the First Baptist Church on the corner of 301 and Wilson Street in Micro. The Free Will Baptist Church and Warren's Chapel are taking care of food for workers and victims, and this church is collecting items to distribute.

  • imsosorry Apr 26, 2011

    thanks everyone, I will try both places.

  • farpost12 Apr 26, 2011

    I am very perplexed by Fayetteville city government. They sustained heavy damages also with estimates around $100 million. The communities themselves pulled together very well but when Ft. Bragg offered assistance to help with cleanup and food/water distribution the city refused them. They said that they had everything under control in spite of the looting and other atrocities committed by the indigent population. Soldiers could have taken some of the burden off of the police department so they could help protect from the looters. It was a slap in the face to the Army especially considering there wouldn't be much of a city if not for Ft. Bragg. Kudos to Micro and good luck with the future and God bless them all.

  • go4gin Apr 26, 2011

    Born and raised JOCO: Try the local Fire Station!

  • Great Hart Apr 26, 2011

    Born and raised JOCO,

    I know the baptist church in Micro was taking donations and distributing them but not sure if they still are. If not, maybe they can point you in the right direction.

  • imsosorry Apr 26, 2011

    I have some bed linens, a tv and some school supplies that I would love to donate. I live near Micro and was affected myself but I have these things and I know others could use them. Does anyone know where I can take these things ?

  • RM24 Apr 26, 2011

    Fatetteville and larger cities could take note of how the community in Micro has come together vs Looting/stealing. Very touching to see all this area has been thru!