Residents cleaning up nearly a week after Hurricane Matthew


HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — Residents in Virginia Beach are still cleaning up their homes nearly a week after Hurricane Matthew moved through the area.

“Today is the first day we’re actually gutting the house. The whole downstairs has to be gutted,” said Jill Brangan.

Brangan has lived at her home in the Windsor Woods neighborhood for 10 years. She says her family started moving destroyed items out of her home on Tuesday after the water receded.

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“At this point, it’s ruined,” she said about the pile in her front yard.

Judith Renn has lived in her home in the same neighborhood since the 1960s.

“It’s just been devastating to everybody,” Renn said.

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Renn says friends helped her move things items out of the home she lives in with her son, daughter-in-law and grandchild. She’s currently staying with her daughter and has reached out to insurance companies but says she does not have any other plans moving forward.

“No. I had no idea it would flood that much here,” Renn said.

Brangan says her family is just trying to make parts of their home livable because they do not know how long it will retake to rebuild or for insurance to go through.

Officials say now is the time for residents with destroyed property, like Renn and Brangan, to report storm damage to city officials.

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The Virginia Department of Emergency Management says the information will be collected, analyzed, and eventually submitted to the federal government in hopes of getting government aid.

If you need help reporting storm damage or any other information, visit the Virginia Department of Emergency Management’s website or contact your local government.