8 Counties Added To Federal Disaster Declaration

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

Gov. Bev Perdue tonight received a federal disaster declaration from President Obama for eight more counties affected by Saturday’s tornadoes and severe storms. Damage assessments have been updated for Craven, Currituck, Greene, Hertford, Hoke, Pitt, Robeson and Sampson counties.

The federal declaration makes available low-interest loans or grants to storm victims to help them repair their homes and businesses. Counties previously designated are Bertie, Bladen, Cumberland, Halifax, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Onslow, Wake and Wilson. Residents and business owners in the declared counties can apply for low-interest federal loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration in the following amounts:

Homeowners – up to $240,000 to repair or replace their homes and some personal belongings

Renters – up to $40,000 to replace personal belongings

Business Owners – up to $2 million for business property losses

Any who don’t qualify for loans may be eligible for an individual assistance grant from FEMA to help repair and replace personal property. Other relief programs include crisis counseling for those traumatized by the disaster, income tax assistance for filing casualty losses and legal advice. Citizens should contact FEMA at 1-800-621-3362 or www.fema.gov.

Local governments who were affected by the storms will also receive federal financial help. Eighteen counties can now expect federal funds to cover 75 percent of the cost to remove debris, provide emergency protective measures and repair infrastructure. State funds are expected to cover the remaining cost.

The Governor is still awaiting word on the state’s request for an agricultural disaster declaration from U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. However, farmers who endured damage can immediately apply to two state programs at their county Farm Service offices – the conservation program, which can help farmers with debris removal so they can start planting again, and the livestock program, which will help farmers recoup losses such as livestock and poultry.

Disaster Recovery Centers opened today in the Colerain Community Building for Bertie County residents and at the Cumberland County Department of Social Services building in Fayetteville. Both centers will be open from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. daily until further notice to help provide one-on-one assistance with the recovery process. Disaster recovery centers for other counties are expected to open in the coming days.

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  • by me Location: bath on Apr 23, 2011 at 07:48 AM
  • by Bev Loves Ya'! Location: America on Apr 22, 2011 at 01:57 PM
    On the menu tonight for all the Perdue/Obama haters of Craven, Currituck, Greene, Hertford, Hoke, Pitt, Robeson and Sampson counties will be extra rations of crow. To wash down all the crow, the Tea Party will be serving...tea!
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      by Anonymous on Apr 23, 2011 at 06:33 PM in reply to Bev Loves Ya'!
      Ballsy move by Bev. I bet she really agonized over that decision. Ha!
  • by michael Location: colerain on Apr 22, 2011 at 01:12 PM
    "Low cost loans" But alll money sent overseas for whatever war, disaster or political takeover is free. And we wonder why we are in shape we are as a country.
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      by Lester on Apr 22, 2011 at 04:58 PM in reply to michael
      Michael, if the money was offered free, you would have been complaining about handouts.
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        by michael on Apr 23, 2011 at 05:42 AM in reply to Lester
        I complain about hand outs to foreign countries all the time. do u? or is that free money to people who want to kill us ok with u?
  • by Cliff Location: Altoona, AL on Apr 22, 2011 at 08:13 AM
    Glad To See federal Help Getting To These Folks Who Need It!!
  • by dorothy Location: endento on Apr 22, 2011 at 06:53 AM
    Did anyone check out the FEMA bus parked in Colerain, Looks like a rock star, or Nascar driver.I'm sure they could have saved some money there, not to mention the gas to get it here. there are much cheaper models on the market......and just as confortable...
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      by Waldo on Apr 22, 2011 at 04:56 PM in reply to dorothy
      How about they didn't come at all, will you be satisfied then?
  • by If we were not in America Location: Greenville on Apr 22, 2011 at 05:49 AM
    Speak the truth Jerry. If we were Libya, Iraq, etc it would all be free. They would be falling jumping hoops to be on CNN look what we have done. 2012 is coming.....TAKE AMERICA BACK!!!
  • by D Location: ENC on Apr 22, 2011 at 05:05 AM
    Well stated Jerry @ 7:24.....Americans get nothing. I much rather see my tax dollars go to helping Americans "in need" just not Americans "in want"...BIG difference
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      by Anonymous on Apr 22, 2011 at 04:53 PM in reply to D
      Same apply for the Tax Breaks. Wealthy wanting vs needing is two different things.
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        by Reality on Apr 22, 2011 at 07:17 PM in reply to
        Wealthy still make the most jobs and pay the most taxes.
  • by jerry Location: enc on Apr 22, 2011 at 04:24 AM
    A storm victim can get a "low cost loan", but the Libyan rebels are getting $25,000,000 of "equipment they may need" GIVEN to them by this government! Maybe when an AMERICAN applies for one of the loans, they should list their occupation as "Libyan Rebel"!

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