Friday, October 15, 2010

N.C. receives FEMA assistance

World Worst Disasters
Gov. Beverly Purdue received a federal disaster declaration from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the flooding that devastated homeowners in 6 eastern North Carolina counties following Tropical Storm Nicole earlier this month.

“These floods impacted hundreds of families across eastern North Carolina,” said Perdue, who pushed for the FEMA assistance.

The declaration makes available low-interest loans or grants to storm survivors to help them repair their homes in Beaufort, Bertie, Craven, Hertford, Onslow and Tyrrell counties, according to a release from the N.C. Office of the Governor.

Residents in those 6 counties can apply for low-interest federal loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration in the following amounts: homeowners up to $240,000 and renters up to $40,000.

Any who don't qualify for loans may be eligible for FEMA assistance.

County, state, and federal emergency management teams spent most of last week assessing damages in 21 counties.

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