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Families Displaced by Floyd Faring Well in Winter Weather

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ROCKY MOUNT — The 300 families in the FEMA village in Rocky Mount say they are weathering the cold weather pretty well.

Residents say the propane heating systems in the travel trailers work well, but can be expensive to run.

Families WRAL spoke with say they are spending about $22 a week right now. Some are getting help paying the bill. Without that help, some say they would be out of luck.

"That's a lot of help, cause if we had to pay for it, we'd have to pay $12 a tank, and that's something don't have," said flood victim Lillie Burton.

The Department of Social Services is helping defray some of the fuel costs. Church groups are also helping.

The M&S Oil Company from Sharpsburg had been swapping out tanks three times a week before this cold spell; now, they are at the park every day.


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