Vandals spray-painted the garage's foundation and twice, Windham caught thieves trying to steal scrap metal and her grandfather's tools.
"There's been a couple times I've had to come out here and say, ‘Can you please leave those things alone until we can take a look at them?’" she said. "They were filling up the back of their truck right over there."
She was also overwhelmed with business cards from contractors before finally hiring AAA Tree Experts.
"To be honest, I haven't seen this sort of immense damage in one location," Safety Coordinator Tate Way said.
Clean-up should take another couple of days and repairs, probably longer, but Windham said things can only get better.
"My heart was on my sleeve since Wednesday," she said, "but it'll be all right. It'll all be all right."
Wayne Goodwin, Commissioner at the North Carolina Department of Insurance said victims like Windham need to take specific steps when it comes to rebuilding.
Goodwin said people need to photograph damage before repairs are made; that they need to read policies carefully to ensure they cover services like storm-related tree removal and car repair; and to only make temporary repairs until they get advice from their insurance company.
"You want repairs and anything else to be approved by your insurance company after they've had an assessment done of the damage," he said.
Goodwin said people can prepare for disasters in the future by taking photos of property and documenting what is and isn't insured.
He also recommended keeping important paperwork, or at least copies, away from the home.