(TNS) — The wreckage of thousands of homes and businesses flooded by Hurricane Matthew is being hauled away in dump trucks, but fear lingers like the stench of a wet mattress.
“People still don’t know where they’re going to go,” said Thurman Everett, moderator of the Lumber River Missionary Baptist Association, which represents 39 churches in Robeson, Bladen and Columbus counties. Everett attended the first regional meeting on Tuesday of Gov. Pat McCrory’s Hurricane Matthew Recovery Committee, and used a brief public comment period to speak on behalf of the people he says he talks to every day who were flooded out by the storm and as yet have no prospect of paying to repair, rebuild and move back home.
The governor’s office says nearly 80,000 residential structures in the state were damaged or destroyed by the storm across 48 counties, and about half of them sustained uninsured losses.
Homeowners who didn’t have insurance can apply for small grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to do relatively minor repairs, and can apply for low-interest loans from the federal Small Business Administration if they have enough income to pay back the debt.
But Hurricane Matthew hit many of the lowest-income residents occupying the lowest-lying

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