RALEIGH, N.C. -- After flat-lining at just under 100 applications per day for nearly three weeks, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) registrations for recovery assistance from Hurricane Floyd and the subsequent floods spiked Thursday at 655. There have been more than 1800 new registrations this week, leading FEMA, at the state's request, to extend the application deadline to Tuesday, February 29.
Since Hurricane Floyd inundated the state last September flooding most of east North Carolina's major streams and their tributaries and triggering the President to declare 66 counties major disaster areas, 85,757 have registered for assistance. More than $1 billion in state and federal funds have been approved for disaster relief.
The state and federal programs have disbursed the following amounts for recovery:
- U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) home loans: $284.5 million
- SBA business real property and economic loss loans: $134.3 million
- Disaster housing assistance: $75.3 million
- Individual and family grants: $79.1 million
- Missions assigned by FEMA to other federal and state agencies tasked to help in recovery operations: $80 million
- Money approved for local governments and eligible private, nonprofit agencies for repair and restoration of public facilities and other disaster expenses: $219.8 million
- National Flood Insurance Program claims approved: $128.6 million
- Crisis counseling: $868,000
- Disaster unemployment assistance: $5.3 million
- Temporary housing: $41 million
- Acquisition of structures: $32.8 million
Total state, FEMA, and SBA recovery dollars: $1.03 billion
The new deadline is less than two weeks away, and both state and federal recovery officials are strongly urging anyone in the 66 disaster-declared counties, who has not already done so, to call the FEMA recovery Hotline at 1-800-462-9029 or for the speech and hearing impaired TTY 1-800-462-7585. The lines are open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Persons who suffered losses from the 1999 hurricanes and floods in these counties may be eligible for state or federal assistance:
Alamance, Anson, Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Caswell, Chatham, Chowan, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Dare, Davidson, Duplin, Durham, Edgecombe, Forsyth, Franklin, Gates, Granville, Greene, Guilford, Halifax, Harnett, Hertford, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Martin, Montgomery, Moore, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Orange, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Person, Pitt, Randolph, Richmond, Robeson, Rockingham, Rowan, Sampson, Scotland, Stanly, Stokes, Tyrrell, Union, Vance, Wake, Warren, Washington, Wayne, and Wilson.
County by County Disaster Aid
Feb. 18, 2000
|Declared County||Total Disaster Applicants||Families Assisted - Housing||Disaster Housing Amount||IFG Applicants Approved||Individual and Family Grants Appproved||SBA Loans Approved||Small Business Administration Loans||Public Assistance Projects||Public Assistance Funding||TOTAL $|