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Months later, NC counties get disaster aid from the feds

Posted January 10, 2012

The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday issued disaster declarations for 35 counties that saw damage from two major weather systems in 2011.

Sen. Kay Hagan's office said that U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack waited "until further information was available on total damages and production losses."

The losses recognized Tuesday were from tornadoes that raked across North Carolina in April and the flooding and wind damage done by Hurricane Irene in September. Some counties qualified for aid from both events.

In each case, residents or business owners can qualify for two programs that offer financial assistance in replacing damaged equipment or property and paying production costs, debt and living expenses. 

The counties eligible for aid from tornado damage are: Bladen, Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke, Johnston, Moore, Nash, Robeson, Sampson, Wake, Wayne and Wilson.

The counties eligible for aid from Hurricane Irene damage are: Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chatham, Columbus,Craven,  Cumberland, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Durham, Edgecombe, Franklin, Gates, Granville, Greene, Halifax, Harnett, Hertford, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Pitt, Robeson, Sampson, Tyrrell, Vance, Wake, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Wilson.

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  • Wendellcatlover Jan 12, 2012

    "A wonderful example, why not someones blown over satellite dish?" Fancymike

    Because someone's satellite dish would be much easier to blow over and would require much less of a storm than what it took to destroy the Lowe's...come on use some common sense here already!

  • fayncmike Jan 11, 2012

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    Fancymike, if you weren't so busy talking down to people on GOLO, you might be able to understand the question I was asking which is since Lee County sustained an enormous amount of damage too, was it not enough to be declared a disaster area as well. I simply used the damage to the Lowe's as an example to back up my statement.
    Wendellcatlover"

    A wonderful example, why not someones blown over satellite dish?

  • Wendellcatlover Jan 11, 2012

    "I'd love to know why the money was so slow coming. The funds should have begun flowing as soon as the disaster's effects were documented." Fancymike

    Fancymike-since we're calling out people for not reading the article, maybe you should have read the part stating "Sen. Kay Hagan's office said that U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack waited "until further information was available on total damages and production losses."

  • Wendellcatlover Jan 11, 2012

    "Did you not notice that this is from the U.S. Department of Agriculture? Agriculture has to do with farming, not squashed homes or trashed big box stores." Fancymike

    Fancymike, if you weren't so busy talking down to people on GOLO, you might be able to understand the question I was asking which is since Lee County sustained an enormous amount of damage too, was it not enough to be declared a disaster area as well. I simply used the damage to the Lowe's as an example to back up my statement.

  • superman Jan 11, 2012

    Get insurance and be responsible for your own loss. As a taxpayer it is not my responsbility nor the state or federal government to make things right. My dad told me that "the best place to find a helping hand--is at the end of Your elbow." People have moved to the idea that the government owes them.

  • haggis basher Jan 11, 2012

    "Meanwhile if they did not have ins their farms are probably in forclosure"

    Yep thats what insurance is for........to protect against disastrous loss.

  • haggis basher Jan 11, 2012

    "I guess I don't understand.....Personally I lost my home in the April tornado. Lost everything. So what is this article supposed to mean to me now?"

    Nothing unless you are a Farmer and lost crops.

  • haggis basher Jan 11, 2012

    "Did you not notice that this is from the U.S. Department of Agriculture? Agriculture has to do with farming, not squashed homes or trashed big box stores."

    and they whine when the Feds waste money by not checking who is getting it and whine when the Feds check carefully..........the whine when they have to pay taxes and whine when others get welfare but then whine when they don't get it when they think they need it.......

  • fayncmike Jan 11, 2012

    "It kind of surprises me that Lee County is not on the list for tornado damage. Isn't that where the Lowe's was destroyed? I thought there was lots of damage down there...

    Also, the title of this article makes it sound like the money is finally arriving in the counties, but the story itself says that the counties are just now being declared disaster areas. So will those affected have to wait another 6 months to actually get the money?
    Wendellcatlover"

    Did you not notice that this is from the U.S. Department of Agriculture? Agriculture has to do with farming, not squashed homes or trashed big box stores.

  • NoWayyyyy Jan 11, 2012

    I guess I don't understand.....Personally I lost my home in the April tornado. Lost everything. So what is this article supposed to mean to me now? This is January. This is a little too late for me....I kinda made other arrangements, as well as others I would hope. You mean they didn't notice all the losses at the time? Wow, thanks..... Actually though, lovely Bev did come down and stood with her tv crew and hardhat and stood 3 houses down from me in front of a house totalled that no one was living in at the time and said she was going to help the people in Wilson all she could. She didn't speak to any of us that were trying to salvage our belongings (go figure). We were trying to figure out if we should laugh or egg her....she's pretty useless. I do hope this does someone some good anyway, but it doesn't do anything for me.

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