NC tornado victims applying for FEMA disaster relief

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Associated Press | WVEC.com

Posted on April 21, 2011 at 8:06 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 26 at 11:35 AM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Currituck and Hertford counties have been added to a growing list of counties that have been designated for disaster assistance as part of North Carolina's federal disaster declaration, FEMA announced Thursday. 

Currituck Co. spokesman Randall Edwards told WVEC.com Friday that no one was hurt, but one home was destroyed, two have significant damage and one has minor damage. "We also had one business with major damage and three others with minor damage. This (designation) will help, especially the businessesm" he said. The community is stepping up to help. The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 631 wrote a $300 check to help a woman who lost nearly everything inside her home.

The two counties are among eight new additons. Craven,  Greene, Hoke, Pitt, Robeson and Sampson are the other counties named.

Counties previously designated are Bertie, Bladen, Cumberland, Halifax, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Onslow, Wake and Wilson.

FEMA on Thursday opened a recovery center in Bertie County at the Colerain Community Building, 106 W. Academy St. It will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily.

Storm victims can begin the disaster application process by registering on the FEMA Website or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 for the hearing and speech impaired.

Applicants are encouraged to preregister and be assigned a claim number. They are also asked to bring preregistration information with them to center.

13News Meteorologist Evan Stewart says the latest information from the National Weather Service in Wakefield shows four tornadoes touched down in northeaster North Carolina on Saturday. EF1 twisters struck Northampton Co. and Currituck Co, two struck in Bertie Co. - an EF2 and EF3 and an EF2 tornado struck in Hertford and Gates counties.

Individual Assistance for homeowners and renters can include grants to help pay for temporary housing, home repairs and other serious disaster-related expenses not met by insurance or other assistance programs.  Also low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are available to cover residential and businesses losses not fully compensated by insurance.

Federal loans are available -- for up to $200,000 for homeowners to repair or replace primary residence and up to $40,000 for both homeowners and renters to repair or replace personal property. Business owners can get up to $2 million.   

Gov. Bev Perdue says preliminary figures show more than 6,000 homes received some damage from the storm. About 440 homes were destroyed.

She also says one secondary effect of the storm is that thousands of people may face long-term unemployment because of damaged businesses.

 

 

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