Reserve at Forest Hills increases number of displaced in Wilmington


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — More and more people are being displaced by Hurricane Florence. The Wilmington Apartments Association says more than 1,000 units had to be emptied, including at Wilmington’s Reserve at Forest Hills.

Regional Manager Amy Richie, who oversees five apartment communities, says there is a housing shortage in Wilmington.

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Many residents were forced to evacuate this complex, and contractors are already starting to strip down the vacant units. Not all residents have been asked to vacate, but some residents said they are preparing for the event of a notice.

Widespread roof damage and mold growth are the two main risk factors that have displaced more than 100 units in the complex.

One resident, Charles “Buddy” Franks, was forced to move from his first-floor apartment because of substantial flood damage. But he faced a few challenges in his transition.

“They’re doing everything they can, I guess,” Franks said.  “They’re not paying for this [moving] truck, and you would think being the house was condemned you would think the housing complex would be liable for any cost my move is.”

The apartment complex was able to get Franks a new apartment within the complex.

FEMA is also on site helping any residents who need housing and financial support.