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Tuesday, 05 February 2019 15:12

21 Counties in N.C. Now Eligible for Assistance for Tropical Storm Michael Damages

(TNS) - Some three months after Tropical Storm Michael caused damage in North Carolina, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has declared 21 counties eligible for federal aid.

Michael — which made landfall in the Florida panhandle in October and then made its way north through the Carolinas — caused flooding and wind damage through central North Carolina. The tropical storm, which had been a hurricane when it made landfall in Florida, came just a few weeks after Hurricane Florence ravaged the eastern part of the state with flooding and wind damage.

The federal disaster designation from FEMA will allow city and county governments, state agencies, some non-profits and religious institutions to be paid back for money used to repair buildings and infrastructure.

“This is good news for cities, towns and counties that suffered damages from Michael, which came right on the heels of Hurricane Florence,” N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper, who requested the designation from FEMA, said in a statement. “Cleaning up from Michael took a lot of local government resources, and this will help communities recover those funds.”