Residents of a Wilmington community no longer have to be out by Thanksgiving, but volunteers still needed

Residents of a Wilmington community no longer have to be out by Thanksgiving, but volunteers still needed

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - After being told they had to move out by Thanksgiving, residents of a Wilmington housing complex have gotten a reprieve.

According to Brendella Banks, site manager of the Jervay Community on Dawson Street, a date for the moveout should be emailed Wednesday, but those who have to move do not have to do so by Thanksgiving.

Last week, 80 of the 100 units in Jervay were deemed to have enough water damage that would require people to move out, but Banks said Tuesday that number has been reduced to 41. After a reassessment of the properties, it was determined that repairs could be made to some units without relocating residents.

Seniors don't have to move since damage is mostly on the outside of the homes.

Banks said eight residents have turned in their keys and gotten their deposits back.

The Cape Fear Volunteer Center has been helping and will continue to help residents pack up and move out.

“They have been given this news right before the holidays, and they’ve been given it third in line to the big evacuations that we’ve had at the Glen and Market North, so there’s even fewer apartments available, fewer storage units available," said Annie Anthony of the Cape Fear Volunteer Center.

Volunteers will be on site in the Jervay Community on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. You can sign up to help out in two-hour shifts.

“You can pack the boxes and carry them down to pods. You can bake cookies at home and bring them over to the residents, cheer them on," Anthony said. “You could bring some water. Anything that you can do, we need administrative help. You can sit at the table and help counsel them through this.”

FEMA, the Department of Social Services and Emergency Management Services were on site Tuesday helping people get moved out and find a new place.

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