Sept. 30, 2019
DR-4393-NC NR 185
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$3.7 Million Approved for New Hanover County Debris Removal
DURHAM, N.C. – The State of North Carolina and FEMA have approved more than $3.7 million to reimburse New Hanover County for debris removal costs following Hurricane Florence.
More than 1.1 million cubic yards of vegetation and other storm-related debris—enough to fill 75,000 dump trucks—were collected throughout the county. Funds for this project cover work completed from Sept. 14, 2018 through Nov. 18, 2018.
FEMA’s Public Assistance program provides grants for state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations to reimburse the cost of debris removal, emergency protective measures and permanent repair work.
Public Assistance is a cost-sharing program. FEMA reimburses applicants at least 75 percent of eligible costs and the remaining 25 percent is covered by the state. The federal share is paid directly to the state to disburse to agencies, local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations that incurred costs.
FEMA’s share for this project is more than $2.8 million and the state’s share is more than $942,000. The agency has approved more than $17.1 million to New Hanover County for Hurricane Florence-related debris removal expenses with a federal share of more than $12.8 million.
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