Hundreds of Families Still Trying to Move Out of Government- Supplied Trailers in North CarolinaAired January 20, 2000 - 2:28 p.m. ET
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LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: For hundreds of families hit hard by last fall's flooding in North Carolina, life still is a waiting game. Four months after the floods, they're still trying to get permanent housing and get out of government-supplied trailers.
CNN's Brian Cabell has one family story in Rocky Mountain, North Carolina.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You've got something to light your pilot light with?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes.
BRIAN CABELL, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): It's cold in Rocky Mountain, North Carolina, and once again Vivian (ph) King's travel trailer has run out of propane. That's a big problem if you have a family of four.
The Kings were flooded out of their apartment last September in the aftermath of Hurricane Floyd, and now, four months later, they're still here in a tiny camper.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I've got to do what I've got to do to survive, and this is not the worst place where to be.
CABELL: Worse, she says, would be out on the street. Still, 150 feet of living space isn't much for her and her three children: 16- year-old Sharice (ph), six-year-old Andrea (ph) and nine-year-old Lance.
LANCE KING: It's a big family, right, so we can't hardly move and plus you got all this stuff in here.
CABELL: They have one bed on one side of the camper, a bunk bed on the other, a tiny bathroom and a kitchen in between.
Ms. King lost her job as a waitress when her restaurant was flooded. He hopes to get a new job soon and then move out into less- cramped quarters.
Two-thousands families awaiting new, permanent housing still live in these trailers provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. An estimated 17,000 homes in North Carolina were severely damaged by last fall's flooding. More than 7,000 will likely have to be demolished.
(on camera): But increasingly, flooded-out residents are now moving back to new homes, to rebuilt homes, to homes now elevated off the ground, like this one.
(voice-over): Homeowner Tommy Parisher (ph) tore down his old flooded home, trucked in dirt to raise the ground level two feet, then raised his mobile home two more feet, all this in preparation for the next flood, and he started it just days after his family was driven from their home.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And I just wanted to get back in and get back to normal, you know, more or less normal and get back, actually, to our life.
CABELL: That's the goal of Vivian King as well. She'll need just a little more time, a little more money.
Brian Cabell, CNN, Rocky Mountain, North Carolina.
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