FEMA help not enough for Matthew victims to rebuild, residents say

Posted October 17, 2016 6:09 p.m. EDT
Updated October 18, 2016 5:25 a.m. EDT

— Clean up continued in Fayetteville on Monday for families hit hard by Hurricane Matthew.

The lives of the families living in the Mount Sinai homes on Murchison Road were turned upside down when flood waters seeped inside the 99 units.

"I don't really have no clothes," said Toya Meadows. "A little bit of clothes ... furniture I pretty much gave away. A lot of stuff got messed up. The beds got wet."

Meadows spent most of her morning cleaning out her first-floor apartment. She, like many other residents, did not have flood insurance and the money she has received from government agencies will not be enough to start over.

"Even with FEMA helping it's not going to be enough to help me put a deposit and get started so I can do it myself," Meadows said.

While dump trucks picked up debris, residents are worrying about where they are going to live.

"Thank God that some people have friends and relatives that they can lean on during this time," said Jamale Johnson, a pastor at Mount Sinai Baptist Church. "It's going to be a difficult process, no doubt...they are going to be hurting for a while."