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Rebuilding continues in Raleigh's tornado-damaged neighborhoods

Posted August 16, 2011 3:46 p.m. EDT
Updated August 17, 2011 9:49 a.m. EDT

— Blue tarps still cover homes along King Charles Road, a Raleigh neighborhood torn apart by a powerful tornado four months ago.

"It tore the roofing off," homeowner Theatric Neal said Tuesday of the April 16 tornado.

Some homes in the neighborhood were leveled, and Neal said many of his neighbors are still waiting for repairs. Other homes have already been rebuilt.

Neal, who has lived in his home for 24 years, thought his insurance was canceled two days before the storm but recently found out he was covered. An insurance adjuster will be coming out soon to help him recover his roof.

"The Lord blessed me," Neal said.

Across town, contractors continued to work on damaged houses along Serendipity Drive. Contractor Mark Young was working next door to two houses that haven’t been rebuilt.

"It's been real busy out here – a lot of people, a lot of traffic," Young said.

Recovery also continued along South Saunders Street. A scooter store has reopened after major roof damage, but Earp's Seafood, a 43-year favorite in Raleigh, was still waiting to re-welcome customers.

Three of historic Raleigh cemeteries damaged in the storm also remained closed.

Crews said 48 trees fell on or broke more than 100 headstones and monuments, some more than a century old, in Mount Hope Cemetery, at 120 Prospect St., Raleigh City Cemetery, at 17 East St., and the O'Rorke Catholic Cemetery, at 1101 Pender St.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the city were working to restore the sites.

The Wake Interfaith Disaster Team is helping Raleigh residents with long-term recovery from the hurricane. Call 919-861-7440 (English) or 919-861-7441 (Spanish) for assistance.