VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — This week, Virginia Beach set aside close to $9 million to continue storm recovery. Where does that money go in the cleanup efforts?
In Windsor Woods, the recovery continues. Old memories mingled with trash, all mixed into piles of debris.
Lauren Lanier had just started making memories on Old Forge Road. Her family bought their home four months ago.
“We put in an offer and the agent was like, ‘Oh it’s in a flood zone, you need flood insurance,’” Lanier said.
Now, their new home has been gutted. The Laniers can’t stay. They haven’t had much luck getting help.
“We don’t easily qualify for food stamps, we don’t easily qualify for any of these things and we don’t make enough money to just cover it ourselves,” she sighed.
This week, the City of Virginia Beach continued its effort to help with flood recovery. Emergency Manager Erin Sutton said they’ve put around $8 million into debris removal and pumping water out the neighborhoods. There’s another $100,000 for housing assistance and $300,000 for non-profits to help people in need.
“That’s for people looking for clothing. They’re looking for food because their refrigerator broke in the storm. They are looking for housing assistance,” Sutton said.
As far as help where flood insurance can’t help, Sutton said the federal government has to step in.
“VDEM is finishing the letter for the governor to sign and send to FEMA tomorrow,” she explained.
The city is operating a recovery center at the Bow Creek Community Recreation Center, located at 3427 Club House Road, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday and Friday. If you were affected by Hurricane Matthew, you’re encouraged to visit the center. Call 757-385-3111 for more information.
Back at the Lanier house, the damage has created a cascade of deductibles and fees. It feels insurmountable.
“Unfortunately, what we kinda heard from everybody was, ‘you’re in that sweet spot that we really just can’t help you right now,’” Lauren Lanier said.