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Hurricane Florence victims in Pender County in need of housing

"At this point we're beyond toiletries as you can see the houses are beginning to be gutted out," said Cathy Lee. "Now they need someplace to live." (Christina Thompson, NewsChannel 12 photo)

Some hurricane victims in Pender County still need temporary housing before the cold sets in.

A number of people we spoke with in Burgaw on Wednesday said they lost their homes to flood waters. The community is in the middle of a flood zone and FEMA officials said that means it's extremely dangerous for them to put trailers there.

"At this point we're beyond toiletries as you can see the houses are beginning to be gutted out," said Cathy Lee. "Now they need someplace to live.

"The most important thing that we need right now is a permanent place to stay. You already lost everything you had."

FEMA officials said they are trying to help, giving 2,500 families in Pender County rental assistance totaling more than $15 million.

"I mean if you have volunteers coming in they're not going to do anything without your presence," said John Mills, a media relations manager for FEMA.

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