Politicians Tour Hard Hit Bertie County

Governor Beverly Perdue, U.S. Representative G.K. Butterfield and Senator Kay Hagan got a firsthand look at the devastation in Bertie County Monday.

The three toured the county where 11 people died in the storms and dozens of homes were destroyed. We talked to them to find out what is being done to help those impacted by the tornadoes.

Governor Perdue says, "I hope to have the emergency declaration from the federal government by Thursday--and that will allow us to come in to do the planning for where they're going to live."

Senator Hagan told us, "I'm confident that in the days to come we will be giving individual grants to families to help them heal."

Congressman Butterfield says, "I'm working with the governors office--the federal government--to get all and any federal assistance money that we can to help rebuild these communities in North Carolina."

Preliminary estimates show 67 homes were destroyed with another 15 to 20 damaged.

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