Family living in tent after storm gets new temporary home

The Bridges family bought a tent and moved in after being displaced from Hurricane Florence. (Photo: WWAY)

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Things are slowly beginning to look up for a Pender County mother who’s home completely flooded during Hurricane Florence.

“I didn’t know that something as great as this, that we would lose everything that we have and our whole world as we know it.”

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It was three weeks after Hurricane Florence before Amelia Bridges was able to reenter the home she has rented for years.

Once inside, she says the home she shared with her adult children and mother was completely flooded, all the way to the roof, leaving all four homeless.

“I saw a neighbor down there who had set up a tent, and they had a grill outside,” Bridges said. “And the weather was still good then, and I was like oh, okay.”

The family bought a tent and moved in, but the nights are starting to get colder and they say a space heater can only do so much.

Going to nursing school full time during the week and working full time on the weekends, Bridges hasn’t had much time to figure out other options.

When the school heard what was going on they decided to get the word out.

Instructor Riley Casey says nursing school is hard enough without added stress.

“She’s a very hard worker, she’s definitely not going to give up on her dream,” Casey said.

“We both just pray that she can get through this test, get through this class, just so she can get her degree,” said Bridges’ mother Camille Lane.

Now, Bridges’ employer is helping her by getting a camper to live in.

“No matter what life throws at you, find a way to cope with it deal with it, get stronger and keep pushing forward,” Bridges said.

Bridges and her mother both say they’re excited not to have to worry about those cold nights anymore.