Habitat for Humanity to help flood victims rebuild

Flooding in Fayetteville (Photo by Fayetteville PD)

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — As the holiday season approaches, many in North Carolina are still trying to get their lives back together in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.

In Fayetteville, Habitat for Humanity is helping dozens of homeowners salvage what’s left of their houses and start to rebuild.

“The whole neighborhood, we’ve been in these houses for over 20 years, so this is the only home we know,” said Deandre Davis, whose house was one of many damaged in the flooding.

Davis lives with his aunt and uncle in a home built by Habitat for Humanity and wrecked by Hurricane Matthew.

“By the time we were trying to evacuate the houses, the water was all the way up to the house windows,” he said.

Everyone got out safely, and they’ve been staying with family while the home is fixed up. He said it’s a tough situation, made easier by volunteers.

From the beginning of the flooding, Habitat for Humanity has been helping their homeowners deal with the devastation.

“They’ve been with us every step of the way so they’ve been doing their job and they’re phenomenal,” Davis said.

“We’re going to restore hope in the neighborhood, and their houses are going to be good as new,” said Ruthie Dent, vice president of marketing and special events at the Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity.

Habitat for Humanity says the group will soon be ready to rebuild the homes, so they’re asking people to lend a hand and volunteer.

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