Cordell Pettaway holds the piece of yellow paper from a town inspector that says the house can be worked on but not occupied on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016 in Tarboro, N.C.   As in-person, early voting began Thursday in North Carolina, some roads were still impassable, bridges were washed out, and untold numbers of people were still out of their homes. Many were busy just trying to put their lives back together. (AP Photo/Martha Waggoner)

“I know it’s something we need to focus on, but it’s kind of hard to focus on that when you’ve got all this going on,” said Keith Scott, a 49-year-old state prison employee who lives outside Lumberton, one of the areas inundated by Hurricane Matthew nearly two weeks ago. “Right now, you’ve got to find a place to live.”

In this Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 photo, vegan mother Fulvia Serra holds her 1-year-old son, Sebastiano, at home in Fort Collins, Colo. Serra, originally from Italy, and her husband, Scott, are raising their son vegan. Despite criticism and innuendo from some circles, pediatricians and nutritionists agree it's perfectly healthy to feed babies a vegan diet. However, parents need to be well-informed about the nutritional elements different foods offer, and work closely with their doctor or health care provider. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

“They stress the elements of veganism in these stories, but it’s not that these people aren’t giving their children the right kind of food, it’s that they aren’t feeding them,” said Fulvia Serra, of Fort Collins, Colorado. The native of southern Italy is raising her 1-year-old son vegan, and her 12-year-old daughter is vegetarian.