No FEMA Help For Lost Roof

Federal officials have rejected a Dunn man's request for aid to rebuild his home after he lost most of his roof in the April 16 tornadoes.

WRAL-TV reports that Willie Wrench's home is exposed to the weather and was condemned by Harnett County officials. Wrench is living in a trailer parked in his yard.

Wrench said inspectors with the Federal Emergency Management Agency visited his property a few days after the storm. Later, Wrench got a letter stating FEMA wouldn't pay because his loss was considered "minor damage."

FEMA spokeswoman Bettina Hutchings said the letter may have been intended to address other needs, such as moving or storage costs. Hutchings says anyone with questions about FEMA coverage to visit a FEMA center for clarification.


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  • by Volunteer Location: Bertie on May 15, 2011 at 12:32 AM
    Handouts? If you are a taxpayer and you have lost income, housing, personal property or, God forbid, a loved one then you have every right to receive asistance funds for which you have and will continue to pay for. As for the U.S.citizens, who were unaffected by this disaster yet cast stones at a stranger's tradgedy, I pray that when you find yourselves in your own disaster that you will not be bashed by a mob of your fellow cowardly, ignorant "human" beings. Wake up. I have yet to meet anyone who has never been, at some point in life, in need. I suggest you actually spend some time in a disaster stricken area before you feel entitled to arrogantly judge another. Disaster doesn't discriminate and those affected are no longer rich, poor, good or bad. Disaster has a way of putting people and their priorities in the proper place. On a side note, one would think an intelligent person would be a bit more concerned where the government awarded funds are actually going if not for a missing roof. Hmmmmm........ Government awarded,appropriated ,regulated and government accountings of disbursement. Silly taxpayer. More concerned about deeming the un/under-insured ignorant than what your yearly contributions are really contributing to.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on May 5, 2011 at 06:00 AM
    That's not right at all. That man deserves a roof especially since FEMA already gets a portion of his tax money to begin with. FEMA is supposed to help out the needy in times like this, but yet they will do something for an illegal immigrant who does'nt pay taxes. Sounds like FEMA may need to clean house.
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      by anonymous on May 13, 2011 at 05:53 AM in reply to Sam
      First of all lets not forget we are all human and at times like this the last thing we need is racisiam. Sam your are wrong there saying the illegal immmigrants don't pay taxes. They all do if they are working they have taxes taking out of there pay checks and most of them don't file taxes and the goverment stays with all that money.
  • by Anonymous on May 5, 2011 at 04:01 AM
    Some of you people make me sick. You are so afraid that someone is going to get something that you do not. Yes, there are people who abuse the system and they should be investigated and removed from the welfare rolls. But since when is disability, FEMA assistance and social security handouts? People drawing benefits and receiving FEMA payments paid into social security and taxes with the understanding that they would receive 'benefits' not handouts. Some of us paid taxes and into social security for 50 years and deserve what little we get. If you have a problem with the way social programs are administered complain to the people who make the laws and stop bashing anyone who gets something you don't. And please.... don't start with the old 'there won't be anything left for me'arguement. It just shows that your real concern is for yourself and no one else. If you don't like paying into social security --- guess what, I didn't like it either.
  • by Kathy on May 5, 2011 at 03:27 AM
    All I have to say is that during Floyd, my insurance adjusters got right off the plane, came to my house and paid me for everything, paying off my house as it was destroyed, paid off my car, paid even for my extensive landscaping. I got a check from FEMA for $1500 for living expenses in just a few days and then later for $15000 from FEMA for down pmt on another home and then I got $13,500 from the State of NC. I have nothing bad at all to say about FEMA. You just have to make sure you keep up with the paperwork and send your forms in on time. The only thing I left my house with when rescued by the National Guard was a backpack with some clothes and my insurance information and a cell phone.
  • by commonsense Location: enc on May 4, 2011 at 05:14 PM
    lost my house due to flooding in hurricane, had flood insurance and home insurance. people with no insurance of any kind got government help faster and got bigger payouts than i did. until we make it hurt to be irresponsible people will take advantage
  • by rl Location: nc on May 4, 2011 at 03:31 PM
    Ever heard of insurance
  • by whatever Location: nc on May 4, 2011 at 02:10 PM
    FEMA is a joke. delt with them after HUGO in charleston, sc. ask LA or MISS after KATRINA
  • by wow! Location: albertson on May 4, 2011 at 11:07 AM
    our government will spend millions of tax payers dollars to build back up what was destroyed overseas in countries that started the war with us but won't help people in our own country try to fix what was destroyed by mother nature. what's wrong with our country!
  • by girl Location: goldsboro on May 4, 2011 at 10:06 AM
    he should have homeowner's insurance to pay for his roof, isn't that why people pay insurance?
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      by Anonymous on May 4, 2011 at 11:22 AM in reply to girl
      thank you for making a rational comment
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      by Anonymous on May 4, 2011 at 02:42 PM in reply to girl
      Have any of you ever tried to have a Homeowners Insurance Company pay a claim?
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        by homeowner on May 4, 2011 at 07:14 PM in reply to
        yes twice and they cut the check to replace a roof and flooring in my house that day. It is not that hard to file a claim or to get insurance compamy to pay one
  • by ncyankee Location: goldsboro on May 4, 2011 at 08:36 AM
    This govgt rather send money overseas than to help its own people, sad, thoughts and prayers are with these people, and billions are sent to Parkistian, (you know where I am going with this) quit sending money overseas and help us and protect our borders, before it is too late.
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