Weeks after storm, Fayetteville residents still powerless

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
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Weeks after Hurricane Matthew, some Fayetteville residents still don't have power.

FAYETTEVILLE (WTVD) -- It's been nearly four weeks since Hurricane Matthew swept through Fayetteville, yet some apartments in Creeks Edge on Aftonshire Drive are still without power, with residents resorting to generators to cook a hot meal.

Victor Barker's home was essentially destroyed by Matthew. He said he had nowhere else to go, so he's been living inside his home without electricity since the flood.

Because of the damage inside, Fayetteville's Public Works Commission had contractors cut the power to eliminate the safety hazard associated with electricity in a flooded home.

On Tuesday, police along with community activists and clergy members visited the area to check on residents.

They said the Creeks Edge development is extremely important to them. In the months prior to the storm, they hosted a series of events designed to create trust between residents and city police officers.

"Starting in the spring of this year, our police and crime prevention units were out here doing a lot of community events to establish some bonds in this community to establish some trust," said officer Sean Strepay. "Now this community needs us more than ever, and we're not going to abandon them at this time."


Mayor Nat Robertson said the power situation is under control. PWC says the units have to be inspected and all necessary repairs need to be made before power can be restored.

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