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Fayetteville to get $2M for tornado cleanup

Posted August 9, 2011

— Fayetteville will receive nearly $2 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help pay for clean-up costs from an April 16 tornado, 7th District Congressman Mike McIntyre said Tuesday.

About 500 homes were destroyed and another 1,000 damaged in the tornado, which carved a half-mile-wide path through Fayetteville. The storm left behind an estimated 139,000 cubic yards of debris, including tree limbs, housing materials and hazardous wastes, and McIntyre said the debris threatened the public's health and safety and required immediate removal to ensure the city's economic recovery.

"This was a severe tornado that affected many folks, and the necessary cleanup was instrumental in helping all move forward," McIntyre said in a statement.


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  • MrsJroc Aug 10, 2011

    Great to hear. Fayetteville did get hit really hard and honestly didn't receive half the news coverage that surrounding areas did. Hopefully the money will be used to help finish cleaning up all the remaining debris from the storm. I don't think it should go to the victims because they have had many other outlets to receive money and help from since the tornado. Let's be honest, if they were to get a piece of the 2 mil now it wouldn't go towards neccessities and cleaning up. It would go towards shopping sprees at Cross Creek. just being real.

  • dec2009grad Aug 10, 2011

    It should have went to the citizens of Fayetteville. I agree with you Sherlock.

  • Sherlock Aug 9, 2011

    The money should have gone to the citizens and not the city, that is the reason that we pay taxes to cover the cost, but the city wastes the budget money on trips and other things like legal fees but the citizens get nothing and only pay out.

  • vollyfire310 Aug 9, 2011

    It's about time we get some news coverage about the damage that happened from the April 16th tornado. It was all about Raleigh and how a few trees fell over and a couple buildings were hit on South Saunders Street. Yeah, Earp's seafood is now single level but the tornado that hit multiple areas in Fayetteville affected heavily dense residential areas. Surprisingly, noone was killed after having over 500 homes destroyed and around 1000 damaged by the same tornado. But needless to say, it's great that we are getting the money because we absolutely need it. To this day, it still looks like a warzone in the Cottonade and LaGrange subdivisions and this should help out the clean up efforts that much more. I live in Wake County but work in the City and it's a pure shame that these people didn't get close to the media coverage or assistance that they needed to begin with. If it wasn't for the military presence in these areas, it wouldn't have been nearly possible to do the initial searches tha

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  • Rebelyell55 Aug 9, 2011

    Well how about that?