Towns, Residents Still Struggling One Month After Irene

Hurricane Irene recovery efforts are slow going in areas like Aurora in Beaufort County, hit hard by the hurricane one month ago.

The debris collection site in town has filled a city block with what one man described as "a lot of history." The town itself had seven buildings damaged and leaders have kept a close eye on Congress to make sure FEMA has the funds to help the town recover.

Some residents, like Ted Overton, fear it could be years before things are back to normal. Overton left his house when it started to take a beating and rode out the storm for ten hours in his boat. While he survived, hit house is gone. Now he lives out of a camper trailer while he tries to get his life back together.


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  • by Ed Arnhols Location: Beaufort County on Sep 29, 2011 at 02:42 PM
    I live in Beaufort County (South Creek) and work in Pamlico County Bayboro). We too have been hit very hard by Irene. The difference between the two counties to me is very obvious. Pamlico has already put trucks onto the streets to clear the debris, Beaufort County has not, at least not here where they are needed, Pamlico County has trucks and teams out now clearing the downed trees, Beaufort County does not, at least not down here where they are needed. Pamlico County has FEMA installing temporary housing for the people that need it, Beaufort County does not, at least not down here where they are needed. I live in the county but have yet to see a single county commissioner anywhere near where I live? Jason, we are on our own. I hope that you and your family are okay and that you can come through this storm. Good luck.
  • by jason Location: Schrams Beach, Belhaven, N.C. on Sep 27, 2011 at 09:04 PM
    our area was hit very hard by irene too. help has been slow to come to this area. there are a lot of families here that still need help. my family has recieved some assistance from fema, but much more is needed. many of my nieghbors are in need of help too. i read in the local news paper that fema trailers were on the way, but when i spoke with a fema representative on the phone they knew nothing of it. on behalf off my own family, and for the families all around me;WE NEED HELP!
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