Damage Assessments Beginning on the Coast
Posted August 27, 1998 7:00 a.m. EDT
RALEIGH — President Clinton declared ten eastern counties a disaster area Thursday, making residents and business owners who suffered storm damage eligible for federal grants and loans.
Friday, Governor Jim Hunt will be touring the coast to get a first hand look at the damage. The damage reports will begin filtering in by the evening. All of those damage assessments will be made on the county level. Insurance adjusters also send their figures to the emergency operations center in Raleigh.
WRAL is told that all roads are open in Brunswick County. A 14-year-old girl died in Currituck County, after a tree struck her home. The main roads opened Friday morning. In Dare County, the evacuation order is no longer in order. Damage assessment began Friday morning. In Onslow County, curfews have been lifted in Jacksonville and Richlands, and in the county. But North Topsail and Holly Ridge remain under curfew.
Decisions about the opening of roads, beaches and the lifting of curfews are made on a local county level. It could be hours until those orders reach the emergency management headquarters in Raleigh. The damage assessment teams from FEMA and the state will go out Saturday morning to look at public buildings, utilities and roads.
Most private homes will be assessed by local county emergency management officials and insurance adjusters. It could quite a while until the official damage numbers are in.