Aid to N.C. flood victims exceeds $5.1 million

Posted November 13, 2010 11:16 a.m. EST

— Eastern North Carolina residents have received more than $5.1 million in disaster aid since a tropical system in late September caused the region's worst flooding in over a decade.

So far, more than 4,000 people have registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for disaster assistance, and FEMA agents have inspected more than 3,300 damaged homes.

FEMA has given $2.8 million for home repairs and temporary housing, and the Small Business Administration has approved $1.5 million for low-interest loans.

As well, more than $750,000 of federal and state aid has helped individuals with disaster-related needs, such as personal property loss, transportation and medical and dental expenses.

Disaster recovery centers operated by FEMA are closing Saturday. However, homeowners, renters and business owners can still register for help from FEMA and the SBA until Dec. 13.

Federal aid is extended to 14 counties covered by declaration of disaster: Brunswick, New Hanover, Pender, Onslow, Jones, Craven, Pitt, Beaufort, Martin, Washington, Tyrell, Bertie, Hertford and Camden counties.

Individuals can register for disaster assistance with FEMA by going online to or by calling 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585.