A lot of flood victims escaped with their lives, but little else. Their homes are ruined, needing extensive repairs or outright replacement. Their cars and personal belongings are ruined. They have nothing left. They may have escaped drowning in the floods, but they're still deeply under financial water and have little hope of getting back to the surface. There's no rescue in sight.
An Observer story on Sunday recounted
But that's the least of Bethea's problems. The
Like most of her neighbors, Bethea had no flood insurance. She works at Dunkin' Donuts and couldn't afford it, but even those who could never dreamed they'd need it, never having seen floodwater anywhere near their neighborhood until Matthew came.
Bethea's story is being repeated across the region. There are more than 12,000 families registered with
Can the state make up at least some of the difference? Perhaps. Seventeen years ago, when Hurricane Floyd caused similar flooding in many eastern parts of the state, the
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