Pollocksville residents still rebuilding after Hurricane Florence


Many Jones County residents are still cleaning up, more than two months after Hurricane Florence.

Pollocksville was one of the hardest hit areas. 

Edna Murrell owns a 3-bedroom house in Pollocksville, where she has lived for 15 years. After Florence, she said she doesn’t even recognize her own home.

“I lost 90 percent of everything I own,” Murrell said. 

From the outside, it’s hard to tell what her house went through just two months ago.

But inside, from the living room the kitchen, her house is being gutted because the floor underneath is still wet. 

A church group of volunteers from Virginia is helping Edna with the repairs, but she’s had to go out of pocket as well.

“It’s just a lot for me to consume,” she said.

And it’s a similar situation all over this small town that at one time was completely under water.

“It’s a process, especially people who are in flood zones;” said Frankie Howard, Jones County manager. “They have to meet certain criteria before they can build back.”

He said there are many streets that still haven’t been cleared.

“It will take some time;” said Howard. “Some people are still waiting on either their insurance or assistance through FEMA.”

For people like Edna, it’s the waiting that might be the hardest.

She is hoping to get back in her house soon.

She is still living with a friend, and her husband is living with his brother. 

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