Perdue seeks disaster funds for six counties

Posted October 8, 2010

— Gov. Beverly Perdue has requested a disaster declaration for six eastern North Carolina counties following flooding caused by heavy rains last week.

If approved by President Barack Obama, the declaration would clear the way for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide low-interest loans or grants to storm victims in Beaufort, Bertie, Craven, Hertford, Onslow and Tyrrell counties to help them repair their homes.

“I’ve seen the flooding first hand and have met with some of our fellow North Carolinians who are struggling to recover from the storm,” Perdue said in a statement. “We want to move as quickly as possible to get them the help they need.”

More than 420 homes in the six counties were badly damaged by the storm, including nearly 60 that were destroyed. Some houses retained as much as 3 feet of standing water for more than three days. More than 80 businesses also were damaged by the recent floods.

Total damage assessments to community roads, buildings and public services have not yet been completed because of high water levels in some areas. Emergency management officials said initial estimates indicate that the state likely won't qualify for federal funding to recover the costs for emergency protective measures and repairs to state roads, bridges and community infrastructure.


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  • renaizzanceman Oct 8, 2010

    Bevvie should cough up that $800,000.00 of our tax money she blew on her inaugural party and send it to them. That would do for a starter.

  • Adelinthe Oct 8, 2010

    dwallace -

    You do realize the governor has to apply for this and the application has to be approved, before the federal government can do a single thing which includes sending in FEMA to help.

    This should have been done the day after the storm went through, not now some several weeks later.

    God bless.


  • Adelinthe Oct 8, 2010

    I feel so sorry for these people.

    Praying for them.

    God bless.


  • dwallace9392 Oct 8, 2010

    This is crazy! They should qualify for federal funding. The counties are under water and in a mess. I think that the whole FEMA staff should be overhauled.Take them out and give the jobs to someone who will do what they are suppose to do and leave all politics out of the equation.

  • tatermommy52 Oct 8, 2010

    Perdue is a disaster in all 100 NC counties, so cant she get appointed to some federal post.