Budget won't stand in way of Irene recovery

Posted August 28, 2011 10:48 a.m. EDT

— Legislative leaders said Sunday that North Carolina's tight budget won't stop lawmakers from paying for recovery efforts after Hurricane Irene.

The storm tore through eastern North Carolina on Saturday, leaving widespread damage to homes, businesses, roads, beaches and farms.

“Our hearts and prayers are with the victims of this devastating storm,” Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger said in a statement. “The General Assembly will do everything necessary to help restore and rebuild what has been lost. We’re grateful for the emergency personnel working around the clock and the resolve of North Carolinians who sacrifice time and time again to meet the needs of others.”

“The North Carolina House and the General Assembly as a whole stand ready to support the governor and the Council of State in any efforts related to emergency response and recovery from Hurricane Irene,” House Speaker Thom Tillis said. “Legislative leaders will work closely with emergency management personnel to ensure that any and all necessary resources reach their intended targets in the affected areas of our state.”

Berger, Tillis and other legislators accompanied Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler Sunday on a tour of eastern North Carolina farms to assess crop damage.