UPDATE: Governor Asks For Swift Federal Disaster Declarations For 7 Counties

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Gov. Beverly Perdue says preliminary estimates of damages caused by Hurricane Irene to residents and businesses should be ready by the end of the week.

Perdue said Monday evening she's seeking a swift federal disaster declaration for seven coastal counties so people there can qualify for individual grants and loans from the federal government.

The governor said following a second day of touring areas damaged by the storm she's particularly concerned about agriculture damage and for citizens who lost everything to flooding. Perdue visited a Pamlico County family whose home had been flooded, their belongings laid out in the yard to dry.

Perdue said officials are keeping an eye on inland flooding on the Tar River and the Northeast Cape Fear River at Burgaw.

The federal government has more than doubled the number of North Carolina counties eligible for federal financial assistance to help state and local governments protect the public and property following Hurricane Irene.

Gov. Beverly Perdue's office said President Obama expanded Sunday to 34 eastern counties his federal disaster declaration for North Carolina.

He had issued a declaration for 16 eastern counties Thursday before the storm arrived. The additional counties are Beaufort, Bertie, Brunswick, Camden, Chowan, Columbus, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Hertford, Lenoir, Martin, New Hanover, Pasquotank, Pender, Washington and Wayne.

North Carolina Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue is asking for a federal disaster declaration for other counties that suffered severe damage.

Perdue is asking for assistance Carteret, Craven, Dare, Hyde, Pamlico and Tyrrell counties.

She says more counties may be added as emergency management teams continue to assess damage across the eastern third of North Carolina.

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  • by Dexter Mitchell Location: birtie windsor on Sep 8, 2011 at 12:41 AM
    You mean to tell me that Birtie Windsor gets no assistance with fod we had no power for 4 days we lost all your food. Miss Perdue really
  • by fred Location: kinston on Aug 31, 2011 at 06:05 PM
    Republicans, especially the Tea Party crowd, are greedy, sociopathic, and narcisstic souls who were probably abused during their childood.
  • by Misty Location: edenton nc on Aug 31, 2011 at 07:00 AM
    I am outraged that Chowan county was not listed in the counties that can get assistance from gov. Chowan was hit very hard and peoples homes destroyed, kids starving and we have nothing to give them. Our local dss laughs in our face because Bev has not listed us so no help is here and available for us. Bevf has not even looked into our county and we get neglected every time. News stations neglected us as well and I am tired of it.Chowan county is part of eastern nc and I am confused. HELP HELP HELP.. Bev get urself together and look at the rest of our counties and DO YOUR JOB>
  • by gary Location: belhaven on Aug 30, 2011 at 02:39 PM
    beaufort county dss is telling people we are not a disaster area this is wrong we are there alot of people that need help thats what they there for if they dont want to help they need to close there doors
  • by Barlow Location: Winterville on Aug 30, 2011 at 02:02 PM
    Its a matter of scale. The local govt is there to do what the individual cannot do on their own. The state has more capacity than the local govt. The federal government does what the state does not have the ability to do. A hurricane is not a leaky faucet or some brush on your land. Government is for what people CAN'T DO on their own. Not as some of you suggest, that they are unwilling to do. And there will ALWAYS be those abusing the system.
  • by Breezy Location: Hampton on Aug 30, 2011 at 12:14 PM
    Yes it is true some poeople will take advantage of the system as they always do, but should good people suffer because of the greedy. That is the main reason people are suffering today. Yes it is a shame but people need help out there and that should be the main focus. Problem is the ones who needs it get stuck a lot of times because the screening process sucks. Don't take it out on the needy
  • by voice on Aug 30, 2011 at 11:59 AM
    Tug please shut up; we are moving and doing and maybe you have food good for you. Just because people need assistance doesn't mean they are lazy. So speak for yourself, your kind, and your own population. I'm not ashamed I need assistance. Whenever it comes I will be HAPPY Tug!
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Aug 30, 2011 at 11:32 AM
    Some of you miss the point nowadays. Some people are cleaning up and taking care of their neighbors in the capacity that they can. Some are just waiting for FEMA to come clean up their yards after the storm. And then there are some that hope to get these loans that they do not intend to payback. Yes, some do need help, however, there are those that will abuse this in the name of what is in it for me.
  • by Breezy Location: Hampton on Aug 30, 2011 at 10:20 AM
    It is so sad that you peopls are judging the less fortunate. How do you know they have their hand out they just may need help. There is nothing wrong with needing help after a disaster and you have nothing left. Not everyone is blessed with being able to do what it takes. Not everyone has the money to do what you may be able to do. I bet if it were animals you would have more compassion. You people make me sick. All so blind to think that everyone has the capabilities as you. Shut up and stop judging. If it were another country that needed help would it be ok. Why can't we depend on our own GOVERNMENT. Until you walk a mile in their shoes don't judge.
  • by Bloke Location: New Bern on Aug 30, 2011 at 09:06 AM
    It is amazing the amount of people with their hand out. How do you sleep knowing you can't do anything for yourself? Don't depend on the government. Be prepared and take you and your families lives in you rown hands. I could understand if your house was demolished. All you lost was power. Did you not know the storm was coming? Grow up. It's not the DSS's fault. It is YOURS! Bread, Peanut Butter, Tuna, etc. THINK PEOPLE! What would you do if this was worse and lasted weeks?

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