More disaster aid available for flooded N.C. counties

Posted October 20, 2010 10:00 a.m. EDT

— The Federal Emergency Management Agency approved aid Tuesday for victims of recent flooding in Brunswick, Jones, Pender and Pitt counties, the governor's office announced.

Federal aid was approved last week for residents in Beaufort, Bertie, Craven, Hertford, Onslow and Tyrrell counties. Gov. Bev Perdue has also sought a disaster declaration for Camden, Martin, New Hanover and Washington counties.

“People need help cleaning, repairing and rebuilding their homes and lives,” the governor said. “This financial assistance is a blessing for so many families at a very difficult time.”

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Homeowners can get up to $240,000 in low-interest loans to replace their homes and some belongings. Renters can qualify for up to $40,000.

Anyone who doesn’t qualify for a loan may be eligible for grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties could begin applying for  federal assistance on Friday by registering online or calling 1-800-621-FEMA.