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NC to receive federal aid for ice storm cleanup

Posted March 31, 2014

A tree blocking Cole Mill Road in Durham on Friday, March 7, 2014.

— President Barack Obama declared Orange, Person and other counties affected by an ice storm earlier this month as a federal disaster area on Monday, allowing federal funds to help pay for the cleanup.

The funding is available for state and local governments, as well as certain nonprofits and hazard mitigation measures on a cost-sharing basis. Monies will be used for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by a winter storm that affected Alamance, Caswell, Davidson, Davie, Granville, Guilford, Orange, Person, and Randolph counties March 6-7.

“The last winter storm wreaked havoc across the state, with the Triad and Virginia border counties receiving the brunt of damages,” said Governor Pat McCrory, who requested the funds, in a statement. “We want to thank our federal partners for recognizing the seriousness of the winter weather North Carolina has seen this year, along with the help it will provide those still dealing with damage. This federal assistance will help the most impacted counties and electric co-ops recover some of the funds used to restore power, remove debris and repair damaged facilities.”

Ice storm response and recovery is estimated to have cost state and local governments $26.9 million, according to the governor's office. Federal funds could pay up to 75 percent of costs for emergency protective measures, repairs to local electric cooperatives infrastructure and tree and limb debris removal.

Monday's announcement comes as state Department of Transportation crews began debris cleanup in Alamance, Guilford and Orange counties. A brush removal contractor has also started collecting storm debris in Hillsborough.

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  • whatelseisnew Apr 1, 7:01 p.m.

    Really? The Federal Government has no money, they have trillions in debt and trillions more in unfunded liabilities.

  • AliceBToklas Apr 1, 1:04 p.m.

    Dang! Even an ice storm becomes political. Some people see problems everywhere they look.

  • rduwxboy Apr 1, 10:02 a.m.

    " It's time we take care of ourselves."

    Who do you mean by WE? If you mean Americans, that's just what we're doing here. Federal money is very appropriate for a natural disaster.

    However, if you're insinuating that we should be more independent like say, South Carolina, Mississipi, Alabama, Alaska, Montana . . . oh never mind, these "independent" states take in the most federal dollars per tax dollar paid. How funny, these proud red states are the federal welfare states.

  • colinmb123us Apr 1, 9:54 a.m.

    "Everyone has their had out for "free" federal monies."

    Its federal Taxation Money so why... View More

    — Posted by Grand Union

    Great comment. It is unfortunate that it is logical so most of the political nuts won't understand it.

  • colinmb123us Apr 1, 9:51 a.m.

    Is Obama trying to buy some votes for his Dem "friends" again????

    — Posted by A person

    You really need to learn to read and might want to look up who declares a state of emergency so that they can ask for federal funding. "Governor Pat McCrory, who requested the funds,"

  • hppyhourhero Apr 1, 8:56 a.m.

    A person: Governor Pat McCrory, who requested the funds, in a statement. “We want to thank our federal partners for recognizing the seriousness of the winter weather North Carolina has seen this year, along with the help it will provide those still dealing with damage....Do you even bother to read the article?

  • A person Apr 1, 8:25 a.m.

    Is Obama trying to buy some votes for his Dem "friends" again????

  • Wise Man Says Mar 31, 6:44 p.m.

    Why should NC get federal aid for this? The answer of course is we send far too many dollars to... View More

    — Posted by fl2nc2ca2md2nc

    I could not agree with you more. Why should we or any other state/municipality expect federal dollars for their local problems?

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc Mar 31, 5:41 p.m.

    Why should NC get federal aid for this? The answer of course is we send far too many dollars to Washington's inefficiency, then beg to get some portion back. Many times this only occurs after some political concession or favor. A really corrupt, inept system we have created for ourselves.

  • marsupial75 Mar 31, 5:10 p.m.

    The federal government didn't delve out this aid just because... Gov. McCrory applied for it last week.

    If you want the funding to come from local governments, you're going to have to figure out a way to generate that income at the local/state level.

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