Emergency housing runs out for Orange County flooding victims

July 11, 2013 3:04:17 PM PDT
It's been almost two week since flash flooding left many people without a place to live in Durham, Chapel Hill, and Carrboro.

Now, emergency housing is running out for flood victims in Orange County.

"I was kicked out of home, my hotel," said flood victim Marvin Pettiford.

The American Red Cross is scrambling to find displaced families a more temporary home now that their one week paid stay at a hotel is over.

"It's very difficult when are talking about low-income housing and people in this market who are paying very low rent and affordable housing in the area," said Red Cross Regional Director Joselito Garcia-Ruiz.

It was a week and a half ago in Chapel Hill when more than seven inches of rain was dumped on the town.  Flood waters stranded cars and condemned homes.

Reconstruction teams are working to repair the damage, but there are still more than 20 families without a solid place to stay until the fixes are made.

Some of those people spent time at the Red Cross assistance center inside of at work talking about possible options.

"How can I get back to where I need to be if I can't go to work," asked Pettiford. "So it's very stressful going from place to place."

If you have an extra space in your home that you can rent, you're being urged to contact the county's housing department.

In partnership with the American Red Cross and Catholic Charities, the Green Chair project will hold a furniture drive for families affected by the recent flooding in Chapel Hill.

It will be held Saturday, July 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Green Chair Project offices at 1853 Capital Boulevard and in Chapel Hill at St. Thomas More Catholic Church at 940 Carmichael Street.

» Click here for a list of items needed. «

Meanwhile, Orange County has announced new hours of operation for the assistance center at the University Mall in Chapel Hill.

Beginning on Friday, the center will be open daily from 1 to 6 p.m.

The assistance center is located at 201 S. Estes Drive inside the mall between Dillard's and GNC.

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