TARBORO, N.C. (WNCT) – Edgecombe County community members lined up to speak with Governor Pat McCrory and his Hurricane Matthew Recovery Committee at a meeting in Tarboro Friday morning.
“It’s nothing like being in this area that has been impacted and hearing directly from people that have been impacted to help give information that will help make informed decisions,” said Libby Turner, FEMA federal coordinating officer.
Many wanted to know when assistance is coming and if it will be possible for their homes to be bought out.
Brenda Whitehead’s parents, who are 90 and 91 years old, were forced out of their house due to mold and mildew.
Whitehead wants their home to be sold, so it doesn’t become a bigger headache than it already is.
“This could happen again, next year,” said Whitehead. “I don’t like that. I do not want to put them through that again if I could because you don’t know when a flood will come again.”
Some community members said they were disappointed the meeting was held in the morning, which prevented some people with full-time jobs from attending.
Members of the committee said the meeting was just a start to help with decisions, and they hope to get more people at the next meeting.