7 Fayetteville families impacted by Matthew to receive free home renovations

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — Over the next two days, crews will put the finishing touches on newly-renovated homes and a community space in a Fayetteville neighborhood still reeling from Hurricane Matthew.

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It’s been eight months since Hurricane Matthew brought record flooding to Fayetteville and other cities in our state.

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The storm caused $1.5 billion of flood damage across the state and many places are still rebuilding.

The organization Rebuilding Together of the Triangle is partnering with Lowe’s to rebuild seven homes in the Hollywood Heights neighborhood.

That means seven homeowners affected by the flooding back in October will receive the renovations at no cost to them and they’ll also see a community space built in the neighborhood.

Some of the homeowners have been unable to move back home because the damage was so bad.

“It’s just a blessing to have them all here to take their time to come out and help us. They don’t even understand how much we appreciate that,” said homeowner Elaine Graham Turnipseed.

Another homeowner, Demetris Williams, said he felt the same way.

“I’m excited…so grateful. We are really blessed that out of all these neighborhoods they picked us,” he said.

The build is a two-day event and things kicked off Tuesday with a pep rally at 8:45 a.m.

The renovations will finish Wednesday afternoon with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

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