Editor’s note: Three months after Hurricane Florence caused widespread flooding in the region, many residents near the county’s rivers are still living in tents and camp trailers. Port City Daily traveled with local activist Jennifer Witkowski, who recently founded the nonprofit Pender Strong, to get their stories.
Pender County officials have since protested media coverage of the storm-recovery process, denying responsibility for delays and saying that residents were “confused” about the county’s role in permitting. We’ve included their response here, as well.
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Displacement in Pender County series
Part One of our video series takes you into the life of Rocky Point resident Mary Turcotte, who explains the sadness she has felt over lost photos and family belongings –– those possessions that can never be replaced.
Part Two of our video series takes you into the life of Burgaw resident C.J. Spencer, who explains the bureaucratic barriers she is now facing after her home was destroyed by floods after the hurricane. The most challenging: county permits, inspections, and a FEMA trailer that sits idle as she waits for the federal agency to hook it up to the electrical grid.
Part Three of our video series explores the uphill climb Burgaw farm owner Stephanie Kramer has faced with her FEMA trailer, which sat idle for a month before she was allowed to move in Tuesday night.
Pender County officials angrily denied they were responsible for delays and other issues related to storm recovery.