Virginia Beach helping residents who were flooded out of homes

13News Now Chenue Her has the story

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- Virginia Beach is stepping in to help people who were flooded out of their homes by Hurricane Matthew.

People in the Windsor Woods neighborhood have been working for days to clean up and start repairs on their houses. Meanwhile, the city set up help centers for residents at the Bow Creek Recreation Center.

The Director of Human Resource, Dannette Smith, said the center is there to provide immediate-needs help, such as food, clothing, and temporary shelter.

"What we're doing is helping people reconnect and stabilize their lives as they move forward," she told 13News Now.

Dozens of people stopped by to see if any of the services would be of use to them.

Lillian Davis and her 7-year-old daughter came to the rec center, but decided to pass on the immediate needs so others could take advantage of them.

Davis' home was flooded out and she's already started the cleaning and repairs.

"Everyday when I drive up, I'll see a bigger pile and we'll just tackle another room," she said.

Although exhausted, she said they're taking it one day at a time.

City officials say FEMA will be in Virginia Beach over the weekend to assess damage.

To report any damages to the city, call 757-385-3111.

The help centers are open again on Saturday morning at the Holy Apostles church near Windsor Woods.


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