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Survivors move again, debris cleanup needs funding

Tornado shelter housing at NC State's family and graduate student apartments
May 6, 2011 2:25:40 PM PDT
As the NC Department of Transportation crews work with the City of Raleigh to cleanup tornado debris, some displaced survivors are finding new places to live.

In Raleigh, debris is being cleared in time for Shaw University's graduation. At North Carolina State University, tornado survivors moved out of temporary housing.

For more than 70 tornado survivors, it was their second temporary shelter in three weeks.

"As of today, all residents have found placement and are transitioning to those housing communities as we speak," said Josh Creighton, Emergency Management.

Creighton says survivors were given a little more than a week time to find new homes.

"We thought a seven to ten day time frame would be perfectly adequate to assist these people in discovering housing solutions for themselves," he explained.

Wake County Environmental Services says it needs more funding from county commissioners to pick up debris on private roads in Wake County.

"Come up with about a quarter of a million dollars it's going to take to make that cleanup has been the thing we've been working on," said Tommy Esqueda, Environmental Services. "How do we find that money because it wasn't something that was just lying around unappropriated that you have every year?"

Esqueda says it will take about two weeks to pick up all of the debris.

"It's coming together," he said. "I do apologize to the citizens for the time it's taken us and just continue to indulge their patience."

Officials with the Red Cross and Wake County Human Services appraised the efforts of the county and community, pledging continued support.

"Today, May 6, to me should be viewed as a celebration because it's a step in the healing process," said Sue Lynn, Wake County Human Services.

Tree branches and yard waste remain in the neighborhood around Shaw, but the DOT says it is working to have it cleared by Saturday.

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