Businesses and homeowners in eastern North Carolina counties can now get federal disaster relief for damages related to Tropical Storm Ernesto.
The Small Business Administration declared a disaster in nine counties, some of which suffered severe flooding after Ernesto passed through the region early this month. The agency will provide low-interest loans to help pay for recovery costs.
The declaration covers Carteret, Craven, Duplin, Jones, Lenoir,
Onslow, Pender, Sampson and Wayne counties.