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Rocky Mount Still Trying to Rebuild 8 Years After Storm

Posted June 22, 2007 6:37 p.m. EDT
Updated June 22, 2007 6:58 p.m. EDT

— Nearly eight years after Hurricane Floyd brought devastation to Rocky Mount, the community is still trying to rebuild.

The Rocky Mount Housing Authority lost 200 public housing units in the storm. Now, nearly eight years after the flood, the Housing Authority plans to build 50 new apartments.

“It makes me feel real good,” said Larry Russell, executive director of the housing authority. “In fact, it will serve the public well here because there are a number of individuals looking for housing."

The fight for continued funding has made for a long recovery, officials said. The housing authority still has 114 fewer homes than it did before Floyd.

“The demand is even greater today than it was say, eight years ago, so this will be at least some satisfaction to those families,” Russell said.

For many, it's a positive sign that the community is still moving forward and still rebuilding from Floyd.

The Housing Authority hopes to break ground by the end of July. They are still looking for ways to replace at least 60 more units that were destroyed in the storm.