Volunteers: Some Irene Victims Sleeping In Their Vehicles

By: Dave Jordan/Chris Jones
By: Dave Jordan/Chris Jones

Volunteers from out-of-state are about to wrap up their visit in the east, assessing the unmet needs of Hurricane Irene victims.

The "Greensleeves" have been staying in Washington and going door-to-door throughout Beaufort County.

They say since they began on November 28th, they've knocked on 2,000 doors and have identified 150 to 200 people who need major help rebuilding.

Judy Stoel, Greensleeves team manager says, "We are still finding people are sleeping in their vehicles. Quite a number of people who do not have a permanent place to live until their own home is fixed."

The group will wrap up their survey Friday. Until then anyone can stop by one of two walk-in recovery centers.

One center is located at the United Methodist Disaster Recovery Center on Main Street in Aurora. The other is at the Mt. Gilead Pentecostal Holiness Church on West Pantego street in Belhaven.


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  • by AnonymousD Location: IBX on Dec 13, 2011 at 10:09 AM
    Some very rich people in town (Washington) are even trying to get FEMA help. They were offered a loan but declined because they wanted free $$. I guess if you have the $$, wait & try to take $$ from others who need it, right? I often find myself wondering how these people sleep at night. I pray the ones who truly need the help get every penny they need.
  • by If It Happened To You Location: tornado and hurricane victim on Dec 8, 2011 at 06:09 AM
    To those of you who give out such great advise on how to handle housing problems.Just think if a tornado came and along, you had major damage to your home, vehicle, and lost your belongings, then a hurricane came behind that and took the rest of what you might have saved.You have no way to dress each day as your clothes and belongings are gone, no house, nor vehicle to sleep in, your house didn't have good insurance, so you won't be able to rebuild, you have looked into other aids, the place you worked at was destroyed, and you can't find work, you have no family nearby to stay with.What would all of you with such great advise do in these situations? Beg on the street?How many people would come up to you and tell you they are in the same situation, sorry, do the best you can. Sometimes, the best you can, just isn't enough for the children of those families that just can't provide for their families any longer. I just hope that one day, you are not in the same shoes as the victims that don't know which way to go to overcome the responsibilities they are trying to face without anything to help put food into their mouths because centers are closing down, money is tight, and life goes on!As for the high speed internet, I am a friend of one of these victims, I am trying to help them when they can't help themselves, what are you doing besides sitting in a nice warm house. Glad you weren't in the same situation!
  • by Taxpayer Too Location: Washington on Dec 8, 2011 at 04:35 AM
    Paying your taxes has nothing to do with this. Did you pay for insurance? If you didn't have homeowners or flood insurance, that was your choice. Its sad that so many lost everything. Keep talking to your insurance agent, if you have one, or look for other aid.
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      by Annoyed on Dec 8, 2011 at 09:00 AM in reply to Taxpayer Too
      In reply to: taxpayer too... insurance isn't always a choice for some people. I had homeowners but had to let it drop due to premium increases that I couldn't afford. In the span of two years the price tripled. I don't know about you... but I was already living from paycheck to paycheck. Its not always as simple as it sounds!
  • by heelsboy Location: SB on Dec 8, 2011 at 01:57 AM
    Must be doing alright if your online or did you get hi-speed internet in your car ? call your insurance company & quit waiting on a hand out.i lost everything in 99 & my insurance company said if i could get to greenville they would have me a check for emergency funds for $5000 & it took me 6 hours from kinston to get there.then called me every week to see if i needed anything until i got a permanent place again.
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      by Fred on Dec 8, 2011 at 05:19 AM in reply to heelsboy
      Heelsboy, who is your insurance company? I'd like to give them a call and switch to them.
  • by irene victim Location: kitty hawk on Dec 7, 2011 at 07:59 PM
    No one has a clue what we are going through because we are permanent residents that pay the taxes. My house is gone!!!
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      by By This Time... on Dec 7, 2011 at 10:30 PM in reply to irene victim
      I could have built a small structure to live in by this time. Even a SHED would be better than nothing. I ran eletricity out to my 12x16 shed. It has insulation and a heater. Only one outlet and one overhead light...but I could survive out there if I had to...better than living in my car.
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      by Irene victim too on Dec 8, 2011 at 04:51 AM in reply to irene victim
      Even non permanent residents pay taxes if they own property and their houses are probably gone too. Quit waiting for a government handout and do something for yourself. Too many people have been trained to let the government take care of them and until this attitude changes, we're all gonna suffer.
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