NC Senate Panel On Irene Holds Initial Meeting

The state agency overseeing North Carolina's response to Hurricane Irene estimates the price tag on helping individuals and governments recover from Hurricane Irene so far at about $125 million.

The Division of Emergency Management provided the total to senators Wednesday at the first meeting of a special committee to recommend how the Legislature should respond to Irene and prepare for future disasters.

The federal government will pay most of that amount. The division estimates the state could pay $28.5 million of that total. The state has set aside almost $300 million in a rainy-day reserve fund.

Agricultural damage is estimated to be at least $320 million. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler gave committee members several ideas, including a loan guarantee program with private lenders for farmers in disaster areas.


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  • by Bruce Location: Greenville on Sep 14, 2011 at 08:37 PM
    I agree,I haven't seen the cost sustained by the goverment being anywhere near that being the private sector is fronting the bill before anything happens..as in private insurance which isn't the goverment is taking care of most of it besides the street clean up which the local goverments should take of anyway. I'll take ten percent of that 125 million and clean up all bordering counties of Pitt and Pitt and put several crews to work and make money..What a waste of ability and money
  • by Anonymous on Sep 14, 2011 at 06:49 PM
    I personally don't see how it has cost NC 125 million, I haven't seen where they have actually helped anyone. I am still waiting on the insurance company. Good thing we didn't have to relocate to a motel because we would have been kicked out by now.
  • by Greg Location: Greenville on Sep 14, 2011 at 04:56 PM
    Will this study include the failings as well? IE the lack of generator backup to the Beaufort county water supply in Chocowinty? What about the waste of taxpayer money - free food and water by Lee Chevy in Washington for a week after when people in Pamilco and Beaufort county down east are still living in tents?
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