Disaster aid approved in wake of NC tornadoes

Posted May 15, 2014

 Gov. Pat McCrory toured three eastern North Carolina counties, including this home in Beaufort County, on Sunday, April 27, 2014, to survey damage from tornadoes that struck the state two days earlier.

— The U.S. Small Business Administration and Gov. Pat McCrory issued disaster declarations Thursday for eastern North Carolina counties hit by tornadoes last month. The declarations free up recovery aid for businesses and homeowners.

People can start applying for aid on Friday.

Eight tornadoes raked across eastern North Carolina on April 25, and one in Chowan County killed an 11-month-old boy. More than 325 homes and buildings were damaged or destroyed by the storms, with Beaufort County bearing the brunt of the damage.

The disaster declarations cover Beaufort, Pasquotank and Perquimans counties, as well as any adjacent counties.

The SBA declaration means that homeowners can apply for low-interest federal loans of up to $240,000 to repair or replace their homes and some personal belongings. Renters can apply for up to $40,000 to replace personal belongings, and business owners can seek up to $2 million for business property losses.

"Families and small-business owners can take some encouragement that they will have a financing element to help replace some of their losses and begin rebuilding in earnest," McCrory said in a statement.

His disaster declaration will enable anyone who doesn't qualify for an SBA loan to seek state funds to help repair and replace personal property.


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  • sunshine1040 May 15, 2014

    Thats what I thought I was paying an insurance company every year for so if my property is damaged or destroyed it will be repaired or replaced

  • "Screen Name-8/20" May 15, 2014

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    You didn't read the story to see that it's a loan, not a give away. smh

  • "Screen Name-8/20" May 15, 2014

    Astounds me FEMA turned this down. Eight tornadoes, 60 homes and businesses destroyed, one dead. What's it take with those people!?!

  • govtpackmule May 15, 2014

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    It's not welfare. It's a loan that the business will have to pay back.

  • Grand Union May 15, 2014

    "and business owners can seek up to $2 million for business property losses"

    why can't these businesses show the "personal responsibility" that the Tea Party keep demanding individuals show......or is welfare for businesses OK but not for poor folks.......

  • May 15, 2014

    The state has funds available for this? People have got to start taking some personal responsibility for themselves and not building houses in the path of storms. We cannot keep funding this type of thing. That's what churches and religious organizations are for.

  • raleighboy524 May 15, 2014

    Hey, I thought the "new" North Carolina was all about keeping government out of people's private lives. And I thought most Tar Heels agreed with that. Now I have new hope that everyone who speaks so hatefully about freeloaders and deadbeats will remember that any of us can go through hard times, and that it's the right and proper role of government to help the needy --- of all kinds. I'm almost proud to be a North Carolinian again.