Residents of jet-damaged apartments search for new homes


by Karen Hopkins

Posted on April 11, 2012 at 5:57 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH --  Dozens of residents that lived in the Mayfair Mews Apartments are now looking for new homes after Friday's jet crash.

Sibyle Merkle just moved there just six days before the disaster.

"Just makes you appreciate your life, and material things aren't the main thing in life," she said.

Merkle's apartment is still standing; however, with so much damage, she's not sure if she'll ever be able to return home or even want to return.

"The first time I heard a plane fly over after the accident, I teared up and got a little shaky," admitted Merkle.

At 79 years old, she says she's tired of moving.

"I moved when my husband passed away. This is my third to fourth move in a year in and a half."

Merkle was hoping to retire at Mayfair Mews near the Oceanfront with her son, Patrick.

Now they're worried about finding a another, affordable place to live.

"I don't make a lot of money and she is on fixed income, so we had it set up perfect where we could both afford it," explained Patrick Davis.

The Navy is giving residents money for hotels and food. They're also offering help to families in their search for a new home.