U.S. SBA approves disaster declaration

EASTERN CAROLINA, NC (WITN) A week after FEMA denied individual assistance to North Carolina residents impacted by Hurricane Dorian comes word that they will be eligible for another kind of assistance.

Governor Roy Cooper says that the U.S. Small Business Administration has granted the state's request for a disaster declaration.

It includes Carteret, Dare, Hyde, New Hanover and several adjacent counties.

Residents will be able to apply for low interest SBA disaster loans.

Applicants can apply online or by calling the customer service center at 1-800-659-2955.

The governor says he also intends to soon sign a state disaster declaration offering state funded grants to people who don't meet the qualifications for an SBA loan.