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Drought-Stricken N.C. Counties To Receive Financial Aid

Posted September 30, 2002 5:14 a.m. EDT

— Gov. Mike Easley announced state agencies will provide more than $20 million to help drought-stricken counties.

The money will come in the form of grants and loans from federal and state agencies, but there is a catch.

The money will go to communities with the most critical needs and communities that are working to improve their water systems.

More than 170 localities have been under water restrictions as much of the western two-thirds of the state is in a severe drought.