HURRICANE IRENE: Storm Losses Top $400 Million

Losses from Hurricane Irene have topped $400 million here in Eastern Carolina.

Governor Beverly Perdue says agricultural losses top the list at more than $320 million. That's followed by local government costs of more than $45 million and $40 million in losses from uninsured or underinsured home and businesses.

Perdue wants U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack for an expedited major disaster declaration for 43 counties here in the east. She says that without help, many farms will go out of business.

That declaration would allow the ag department to provide low-interest loans and other federal assistance.

Damaged crops include corn, cotton, peanuts, sweet potatoes and tobacco. Also damaged were swine and poultry, along with farm buildings, machinery and equipment.

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The feds have added four more Eastern Carolina counties to the federal disaster list, bringing the total to 13.

Gov. Bev Perdue says that Pitt, Onslow, Currituckand Washington counties to be added to the federal disaster declaration in North Carolina.

That enables families and business owners to seek low-interest loans or grants to help them recover from Hurricane Irene. Today’s action brings to 13 the total number of counties approved for individual assistance.

Others already approved are Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, Dare, Halifax, Hyde, Lenoir, Pamlico and Tyrrell counties.

Hurricane victims can call FEMA at 1-800-621-3362 to file a claim.

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FEMA is now on the ground with disaster recovery centers open in several Eastern Carolina counties.

Ten counties have been listed as federal disaster areas, meaning victims can get assistance from Hurricane Irene damage. Currituck County said it was notified Friday morning that FEMA had added them to the disaster list. Others are Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, Dare, Halifax, Hyde, Lenoir, Pamlico and Tyrrell counties.

*In Carteret County a FEMA center is located at the county health department, 3820 Bridges Street in Morehead City. It is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily until further notice.

*In Tyrrell County a FEMA center is located at Tyrrell Hall, 906 U.S. Highway 64 in Columbia. It has the same hours of operation.

*In Beaufort County a FEMA center will open at 1:00 p.m. Friday at 2895 Highway 17 North in Chocowinity.

*In Hyde County a FEMA center will open 1:00 p.m. Friday at the Hyde County Schools Central Office (former O.A. Peay School) at 1430 Main St. in Swan Quarter.

Hurricane victims can always just call FEMA at 1-800-621-3362 to file a claim.

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  • by 93 on Sep 3, 2011 at 07:43 PM
    People should have insurance. If you do not have insurance to protect your property or yourself, then you are stupid. I can't believe that the same people are still living in these flood prone areas and are still asking for FEMA handouts. These properties should have been condemned so people could not live or build there. Didn't we learn after Floyd? People who live at the coast in these huge homes, most are second and third homes, do they get FEMA assistance, too. If you take the risk for living on the coast then don't ask the tax payers to bail your butt out if you get blowwn away by a hurricane. I know a person who lived on the pamlico river who got paid three times by FEMA after Bertha, Fran, and Floyd. I told them that was wrong and he should've had insurance. He said, Why?, the government gives me more money than the insurance company would plus I don't have to pay premiums. Is this the mindset of these people? Do they just expect handouts? All of the politicians are scared of the whining people because they may lose votes because of what happened in New Orleans Taxpayers money should only be used for public properties and infrastructure not for a person who is too stupid to help or protect themselves!
  • by J Location: Newport on Sep 3, 2011 at 04:45 AM
    Bev Purdue doesnt care about any of the "victims" she just wants camera time to make it look like she is doing something......she couldnt go visit a shelter because she was "behind schedule" She doesnt care about the people........
  • by Anonymous on Sep 2, 2011 at 05:44 PM
    FEMA- Fix Everything My A!@.
  • by Anonymous Location: North carolina on Sep 2, 2011 at 05:07 PM
    we just got our power back 10:00 this morning its been off since saturday morning
  • by Deborah Location: Martin county on Sep 2, 2011 at 04:16 PM
    I think it is really sad Bev Perdue came to Martin County did not even ride around just took two pictures and left, we have major damage here. It seems we always at the bottom of the list,know where my vote will not go next time around.
  • by yea Location: creswell on Sep 2, 2011 at 01:37 PM
    bought time
  • by Enough Location: Greenville on Sep 2, 2011 at 12:38 PM
    About time!

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