Thursday Marks Hurricane Irene 2 Month Anniversary

Blue tarps on roofs all over Eastern Carolina point to just some of the last impacts of Hurricane Irene, the deadly storm that hit two months ago.

Six people were killed in that storm that flooded out some communities and sent many trees falling to the ground, taking out power lines and damaging homes in the process.

FEMA is now encouraging renters to apply for FEMA assistance. One type of grant may cover the cost of temporary housing if a renter has to move to another place. Grants may also be available to replace personal property. Those interested in assistance should call FEMA at 1-800-621-3362. The deadline to file is Nov. 30.

So far, the government has approved more than $26 million in assistance for individuals and households. More than 8,800 of those applications have been approved. In terms of public assistance, FEMA has approved $1.2 million.

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