After the storm: Burke County residents get new homes

More than a month after a tornado ripped through Burke County, several residents who found themselves homeless will be receiving new homes – at no cost.

Shortly after the Jan. 11 storms, the American Red Cross called for community agencies to assemble in order to organize long-term response efforts.

The Red Cross, United Methodist Church, United Way, N.C. Baptist Men, Methodist Men and a number of other local organizations have arranged for the donation of the homes, furniture from Lexington Brands Furniture, appliances, heating and cooling hookups, clothing and more. The group has also arranged to assist with the repair of homes that were heavily damaged.

“We are so proud of how this community has pulled together to make this happen,” said Suzan Anderson, executive of the Burke County Chapter of the Red Cross.

“What you all have done for our family and our community has just been amazing,” said Carrie Clark, who received her new home on Tuesday this week. “This is a dream come true.”

Photos of the Clarks receiving their new home
Photos from the Burke County tornado

Numbers at a glance:

  • 97 homes were affected by the January storms
  • The Red Cross has opened 21 cases and more are pending
  • Six families are poised to receive new homes and 32 homes are scheduled for repair
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