DeLAND, Fla. – Piles of debris remain outside of some damaged and destroyed homes on Thursday still waiting to be hauled away one month after an EF-2 tornado ripped through 4.6 miles of the city.
Many residents, like Karen Conkle Parkin, said they’re also still waiting on home repairs to begin.
“Our roof in the back, our screened-in porch is totally gone, every one of our trees, all our fencing,” Conkle Parkin said.
Conkle Parkin showed News 6 a picture of her backyard that she once called a tropical paradise. She said she’s thankful her house isn’t destroyed but is feeling the financial strain knowing financial aid isn’t on the way for her or her neighbors.
“What criteria must one need in order to be eligible for FEMA? We have to have a new roof put on, we went three weeks without any power,” she said.
City spokesman Chris Graham said the tornado left just over $8 million in damages and affected 163 properties.
“The toll of the damage didn’t meet the threshold for supplying assistance to the city or to individuals. So, that leaves everyone in a hard spot,” he said. “One thing our commission decided to do is make sure that we don’t turn off water for any of the customers in that area. We’re not charging any late or delinquent fees on any utilities in that area as well.”
Conkle Parkin said rebuilding has been a slow process that she hopes will pick up soon.
“Just wishing somebody would start working on something. Even if not my house, work on hers, work on his, work on theirs. Show us that it’s going to be done,” she said.
Volusia County said if residents still have vegetative debris, guidelines for yard waste and removal can be found here.