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Displaced residents staying in motel create own community

6 years 11 months 1 week ago Thursday, October 13 2016 Oct 13, 2016 October 13, 2016 4:51 PM October 13, 2016 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Natalia Verdina

LIVINGSTON – Two months since the flood and hundreds of families are still displaced and living off donations however, residents at one motel have formed their own community of support.

One resident staying at the motel, Daniel Howell, manages to drag himself and his wheelchair up and down the stairs just to get to his room.

"I never thought in a million years that this would be something that I would be doing," Howell said.

Since the August flood, hotels around the area are booked to capacity and the motel was all that FEMA could offer Howell and his seven children.

"I don't want to leave the room, I'm scared of falling and not being able to get back up," Howell said.

The first floor of the motel is under construction so staying there is his only option.

"I stay in the bed," Howell said.

Living conditions inside the motel are not ideal, but he and neighbors are leaning on one another to get through it.

"We have one man who had crock pots and just recently was able to start cooking for a lot of us," Ashleigh Dickerson, another resident staying at the motel, said.

Dickerson said that they are stronger together.

"When we first came into this hotel I was scared and I was like okay y'all stay inside don't go outside unless I'm with you, and then we started meeting people one by one and now I babysit for one family," Dickerson said.

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