Easley: Community came together after storm damage
Onslow, Bertie and Jones counties have come together and “done a great job” after Sunday’s devastating storm that damaged multiple houses, Gov. Mike Easley said Tuesday.Posted — Updated
On Monday morning, Easley dispatched damage assessment teams to the area. He said the state would help homeowners who lost their houses, most of whom lacked insurance.
After the wind dropped him, Lassiter watched as his girlfriend tumbled from the sky. He said both were lucky to survive.
She remains in the hospital, recovering from facial surgery. He is nursing cuts and bruises and dealing with the memories of what happened.
"This is a poor county and this is the poor section of that poor county," Lewiston Mayor Carl Lee said. "It's a bad situation."
The governor offered the possibility of federal assistance via low-interest loans and said he is considering declaring a state disaster area in the hardest-hit regions.
The Red Cross has set up a shelter at Mount Olive Baptist Church at 102 Mount Olive Rd. in Windsor.
Residents can go to the shelter for food, water, counseling and to find out more about applying for financial assistance.
The state Division of Emergency Management also sent 100 tarps to Bertie County for residents to use while they repair roofs on their homes or businesses.
Easley will meet with local officials and emergency responders Wednesday to discuss storm damage in Onslow County.
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