Homeowners remain displaced six months after Hurricane Florence

CRAVEN COUNTY, NC (WITN) From New Bern to River Bend, and all throughout, the victims of Craven County are among some of the hardest hit as a result of Hurricane Florence.

Six months since the storm, drywall and two-by-fours are the only recognizable features in the home of one New Bern resident of more than 15 years.

"I've had a little bit of help. We've had non-profits help us tear out, but mostly it's been just me," said homeowner Jeremy Hannaford.

In an effort to save money, Hannaford has taken it upon himself to rebuild he and his wife Holly's home. But with another three-to-six months of work, they could find themselves displaced for up to a year.

"That's the hardest part....that's the hardest part," he added.

But by doing the work himself, Hannaford is avoiding an issue that has plagued many throughout the process.

"Obviously it takes a long time to clear up the mess because the businesses are overwhelmed because so many people want help. And also you can't get the materials. So it's taking a long time," explained fellow New Bern resident Barbara Forney.

In River Bend, another displaced homeowner is already on her fourth rental property since the storm. She explains the emotion of beginning to rebuild.

"It was absolutely horrible. Seeing everything you owned wet, and ruined. And kind of not knowing where to go, we were lost. We didn't know what direction to turn or who to call first," said Laurie LaMotte, a River Bend resident.

LaMotte hopes to soon join her neighbors that moved back into their home just this week, after living in a travel trailer for the past six months.

"Many days we just took off and drove around and did what we could to keep ourselves busy," laughed Deborah Gazey, another River Bend resident.

And after that first night back in her their own bed, she reflected on the process.

"Well it's been an emotional roller-coaster, is how I would describe it."