Tornado Victims To Receive At Least $134,000 In Aid

Columbus County residents trying to rebuild their homes and lives after a devastating tornado will receive at least 134-thousand dollars in state disaster relief. Word comes from Governor Easley.

Almost a third of that money will help pay the funeral costs of the eight people killed by the storm.

Easley declared a state disaster on November 17th after a tornado swept through the riverside community of Riegelwood, destroying more than a dozen homes and displacing about 100 people.

The disaster declaration opened the door for families to apply for grants to repair homes and pay funeral expenses. Residents can also apply for low interest loans to help rebuild.

The governor's office says 61 people have applied for state and federal assistance. So far, the state has approved 134-thousand dollars in aid.