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Disaster aid available for eight more counties

Posted April 21, 2011 8:04 p.m. EDT
Updated April 21, 2011 10:22 p.m. EDT

— Residents and businesses in eight counties were made eligible on Thursday for federal disaster assistance. 

The counties of Craven, Currituck, Greene, Hertford, Hoke, Pitt, Robeson and Sampson join previously designed counties – Bertie, Bladen, Cumberland, Halifax, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Onslow, Wake and Wilson.

Homeowners can apply for up to $240,000 in low-interest federal loans to repair or replace their homes and belongings. Renters can apply for up to $40,000 in aid, and business owners can apply for up to $2 million to cover losses related to Saturday's severe storms.

Gov. Bev Perdue on Wednesday said the storms killed 24 and cost the state thousands of jobs and hundreds of homes. Damage estimates are in the hundreds of millions of dollars. 

Applications can also be made by phone (800-621-3362) or online at www.fema.gov.

Local and state agencies, including the state Employment Security Commission and the Salvation Army, are working together at the Ramsey Street office to offer storm victims one place to get all the answers they need.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency opened offices in Bertie and Cumberland counties on Thursday to connect storm victims with local, state and federal assistance. A center in Johnston County is scheduled to open on Friday.