Governor Tours Damaged Counties

Governor Beverly perdue spent Sunday surveying damage across the state and will continue her tour of Eastern Carolina Monday.

She viewed damage to several counties Sunday by helicopter, and plans to be in Bertie, Halifax, and Wilson counties Monday. Perdue declared a state of emergency for the entire state. The governor said talking to people about the losses they suffered made her sad, almost to the point of tears.

"They were so grateful to be alive. I mean, just so simply grateful to be alive. And look around them, and everything they had was gone. I mean, you can't over exaggerate that. Everything was gone," said Gov. Bev Perdue, (D) North Carolina.

Perdue says she spoke with President Obama and he pledged to do whatever it takes to rebuild North Carolina as fast and as efficiently as possible.

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Governor Beverly Perdue, who declared a state of emergency for North Carolina, is touring Bertie County and other areas Sunday.

She will start in downtown Raleigh and will visit Lee, Cumberland, Bertie and Bladen counties.


From the Governor's office:

Gov. Bev Perdue this evening declared a state of emergency for North Carolina following storms that generated tornadoes across the state.

The declaration puts the state’s emergency management plan into action and provides access to resources needed to aid communities affected by the storms.

In a separate order, Gov. Perdue temporarily suspended the restrictions on work hours for utility workers in order to allow the work necessary to repair power lines. The same order temporarily waives the restriction on driving hours for truck drivers to allow for the transportation of supplies to affected communities and for the removal of debris.


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  • by Emily Location: Williamston on Apr 17, 2011 at 09:57 PM
    She, along with the rest of them make me sick! Instead of touring, why doesn't she help move trees or serve meals? We are a trillion plus dollars in debt...so, you tell me how much "aide" the effected counties will get? She wasted time and money touring. She should have come to help NOT "sight see!"
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      by Really? on Apr 18, 2011 at 05:57 AM in reply to Emily
      Maybe she does not help because the crowd that would follow her would just inhibit the clean up? Yes, lets march the Governor through a town where a little girl is trapped under a house because she will be sooooo helpful. Oh yeah, so we don't let her survey the damage b/c federal and state funds will release themselves? Its not like she is the one that authorizes the spending of funds to help these people, oh wait, she is. Great thoughts Emily, keep up the rational thoughts...
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        by Emily on Apr 18, 2011 at 12:14 PM in reply to Really?
        Do you live in the area effected? Have you seen the damage first hand? She comes with all the security...tell them to clean up too! So you keep watching the devestation on tv...I'll continue to work in it, thanks.
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          by BeenThere on Apr 19, 2011 at 03:11 PM in reply to Emily
          Emily, I understand how you feel, I do. I am retired from 14 years of on the scene in the middle of every kind of natural disaster you can imagine..attempting to bring order out of chaos. The very last thing my team needed to hear was that the Governor or even worse, the President was going to appear. A 15 minute Presidential visit will waste an entire day! Regardless of how you feel, the Gov. is doing the job she was elected to do-she was elected to make decisions, not dish up meals or move trees.
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      by Aaron on Apr 18, 2011 at 04:46 PM in reply to Emily
      I do not agree with what y'all are saying about our Governor. have you ever been one? do you know the rules and regulations of a Governor? what would you do in this case? you have to fly to many counties to look at the damage. then you got to figured out where your going to pull the money from to help it. then you have to deal with the families. and to *volunteer* guy who wrote what you wrote what was she going to do get out and pick up a tree? what are you doing? she has to look at the damage b4 she can do anything she cant just BAM! get to work come on give her a break. im 17 years old and this is my opinion!!!
  • by Aaron Location: winterville Nc on Apr 17, 2011 at 09:44 PM
    I do not agree with what yall are saying about our Governor. have you ever been one? do you know the rules and regulations of a Governor? what would you do in this case? you have to fly to many counties to look at the damg. then you got to figured out where your going to pull the money from to help it. then you have to deal with the families. and to *volunteer* guy who wrote what you wrote what was she going to do get out and pick up a tree? what are you doing? she has to look at the damg b4 she can do anything she cant just BAM! get to work come on give her a break. im 17 years old and this is my opinion!!!
  • by Volunteer Location: Snow Hill, NC on Apr 17, 2011 at 02:29 PM
    I saw Perdue and her motorcade when they "toured" a damaged area in Greene County. She did nothing but ride around the block if a destroyed neighborhood. Another kick in the face from Bev.
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      by Realist on Apr 17, 2011 at 04:22 PM in reply to Volunteer
      The Gov.(CEO of NC)is trying to get a handle on a massive disaster, covering 20 NC counties. If she stopped and inserted herself into the 1st Responders efforts-delaying ongoing search/rescue efforts, you would complain that she was getting in the way-you can't have it both ways. Our Gov. is leading the recovery from a massive, widespread disaster. If you think you can do the job, get off your butt and go volunteer in the cleanup....or help a family with funeral expenses or just get out of the way, we have a state to rebuild
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      by Anonymous on Apr 18, 2011 at 03:40 AM in reply to Volunteer
      lets hope she doesnt have to deal with the gop or there wont be any federal funds to help
  • by okay on Apr 17, 2011 at 10:16 AM
    look, whats wrong with worrying about 37000 people who just got a raw deal, and some of them an even worse deal with these storms last night. thats not being a cry baby, thats called being down on your luck. basically bev kicked folks when they were down, shame on her.
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Apr 17, 2011 at 09:32 AM
    Maybe the governor has to tour the areas to declare 'state of emergency' for federal funds to assist...just saying.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 17, 2011 at 01:24 AM
    i wonder how many of the 37,000 was affected by the storm
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      by Anonymous on Apr 17, 2011 at 03:01 AM in reply to
      It's all about you isn't it? There are plenty of us in the same boat but we don't post that at a time like now. Cry baby. I have been dealing with this over two years.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 17, 2011 at 05:00 AM in reply to
      I feel sorry for the 37,000, but keep politics out of this storm. People are dead, hurt, and homeless now.
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      by Don on Apr 17, 2011 at 09:50 PM in reply to
      I am assuming that the 37000 is refering to State Employees... If so I got something to say. I was affected and am not happy but I would never use that in a comment about a NATURAL disaster that has left people homeless, injured and even killed. The person that does this is only putting a bad image of State employees to the public instead of where it should be. This forum should be left for the people affected by the tornados. God Bless all the victims whether direct or indirect..
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