FEMA: $12M Approved For Irene Relief

Nearly $12 million in state and federal money has been approved for people in North Carolina affected by Hurricane Irene.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Tuesday that about $10 million of the money approved so far has gone to housing grants, including short-term rental assistance. Nearly $2 million has gone to pay for needs like medical costs and lost personal possessions.

FEMA says more than 17,000 people in the state have contacted the agency for help after Irene. Officials are still working to examine the scope of the damage by inspecting homes and other properties hit by the storm.

Initial estimates have more than 1,100 homes in North Carolina destroyed by the Category 1 storm, which also did tens of millions of dollars of damage.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by marine Location: camp lejeune on Sep 26, 2011 at 12:27 PM
    you have to love the way you wait in line for 3 or 4 hours then wait another week to find out that you dont get any money for food that you lost. I guess you have to lie about the information that you put down. Everyone knows people that got $600.00 of fed gov funds for food and didnt need it. they put down 6 people that so called live with them. Then you have people that dont even live in the area that visit and then get money tell me how that works. americans are the reason why america is in the situation that we are in now. karma is the best cure.
  • by Anonymous Location: Creswell,NC on Sep 15, 2011 at 02:18 PM
    I think Fema should do alot more checking on people that is trying to get money when they really didn't need it.I know a couple of people that is lying about what happen to their house.And the people that really need it can't get a dime.It's ashame how people cheat and take away from the ones that need it.Also the food stamp people should check these.People should STOP trying to scam the homeless and be thankful of what they have...

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