Group helps Portsmouth residents affected by Hurricane Matthew

13News Now Steven Graves has the story

PORTSMOUTH, Va (WVEC) -- Carolyn Jordan's son lives in Portsmouth's now saturated Swanson Homes neighborhood.

"Terrible, I had to pick him up from a boat yesterday," said Jordan.

That's because flood waters from Hurricane Matthew ravaged the public housing last weekend.
Now, unprecedented damage is left behind and numerous residents are without electricity.

"It's hard, it is really hard," said one resident. "I have to find somewhere for my four grandchildren to live."

"Food is going to go spoiled, what are they going to do about it?" asked Jordan.

That's where some familiar faces have stepped in to help.

"We gave out over one hundred plus hygiene and toiletry bags," said Bishop Barry Randall.

Randall and his team decided to dish out free meals on Monday. 

As he meets people during his run for Mayor, he said he sees how for those already in poverty, disaster can be devastating, even deadly.

“This has nothing to do with politics. I’m the people’s pastor,” said Randall. "Who's going to feed them dinner tonight? Who's going to feed them breakfast tomorrow morning? These people need help," said Randall.

It's help and answers to concerns that residents said they hope to get from the city soon.

"I appreciate the pastor's help,” a residents said. “He is showing true consideration and concern for us."

Right now, residents say they're just thankful for what they do have.


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