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One parent, Karla Merly, still sobs when she describes the hurricane destroying almost everything her family owned — their house and virtually everything in it.

A nurse, Merly was working a shift at a local medical facility and had sent her daughter and son to her parents’ house to wait out the storm. Now, they are all living there while they figure out what to do next. Merly had no paperwork to prove that she owned her house, which once belonged to her grandfather, so she can’t get federal help to rebuild it, she said.

Her daughter, Nashaly Colon, 16, said she saw all of her belongings scattered across her patio after the hurricane hit, and she still talks about the storm every day.

“All my mom’s effort was lost,” Colon said.

The mother and daughter said they think they could benefit from mental health assistance.

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