Greene's daughter, Karen, came in to see her father from the motel room next door that she shares with her mother, Mary -- Greene's wife -- and two sisters.
Karen said the family planned to visit relatives Friday and Saturday. But she wondered aloud how the family would spend its
It was the break from frozen food cooked in the microwave and the takeout the Greenes have dined on since they checked in at the
Thousands in the state are still scrambling for their footing after Hurricane Matthew roared through and upended their lives. The October hurricane and the record flooding that followed drowned neighborhoods, towns and roads. The state estimated last week than more than 78,700 residential buildings were damaged or destroyed, totaling more than
The family has applied for help from
"My 16th year is the worst year of my life," said
Karen is a member of the chorus and the drumline at
If it weren't for the flood, "We'd have our house," she said. "I would have had a job by now." Motel living means no pets, which is hard for a teenager who loves animals and plans to be a veterinarian and start an animal rescue.
Greene's son Kevin came in and sat on the bed farthest from the window. The 14-year-old said he spends his time playing on his cellphone. He put in his earbuds.
The family split up to stay with relatives after their neighborhood was evacuated, but decided to reunite at the motel.
"It ain't good when you've got to stay with somebody," said Greene, 53. He has congestive heart failure. A cane leans on the bed next to his chair.
Fatigue made it hard to keep his job as a custodian, he said, and he stopped working about a year ago. His wife works for an auto parts manufacturer.
Their home in
The recovery won't rely on public money alone. McCrory wants members of a recovery committee he appointed to raise money from large corporations, philanthropists and nonprofits.
Many nonprofits have been working the area since the storm hit. North
Baptists on Mission combines
"What we do best is providing labor to try to help the ones who need it the most -- the ones we know about," he said.
Baptists on Mission is working with Jamie and
Weeks told her her "that their plan was to have us in before Christmas," she said.
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