Seminole County storm victims fear more bad weather

By: Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News
November 2, 2018

SEMINOLE CO., Ga. (WCTV) -- Residents were racing to protect their homes before Thursday evening's severe weather.

After the devastation of Hurricane Michael, most homes are covered with blue protective tarps.

Residents say it's been a quick and helpful fix, but with bad weather rolling in, they're hope for recovery is now wavering.

Some homeowners, like Jacqueline Gough, were out working in the few hours before facing more wind and rain.

Three weeks ago, Gough's home was crushed by a tree and everything else was ripped apart by wind.

"It's devastating. It hurt," says Gough.

Between insurance claims and FEMA assistance, local families have hardly scratched the surface of Michael's damage.

Many say they've had enough time to cover several holes by placing tarps on their home.

"We're worried about if it's going to rain on the inside again," says Gough. "We lost beds, sheets, and clothes. We're just trying to make sure nothing like this happens again."

Some residents who have placed tarps on their home started seeing new challenges with Thursday's heavy winds.

"The people have been going around here trying to help one another to get the tarps on, but I doubt everybody will be able to get theirs done because the tarps are pretty much blown off, even my neighbors," says Brenda Pearson, a resident.

Thursday afternoon, some families were just picking up last minute free tarps at the Donated Goods Distribution Center on Town and Country Road.

They say it's a race for resources in hopes to prevent more damage and protect what's left.

The Distribution Center in Donalsonville brought in extra tarps at the beginning of the week to help people prepare for the incoming weather.

Along with tarps being in high demand, organizers say there's also a big need for more cleaning supplies.