Governor McCrory appeals FEMA’s denial for storm aid

Flooding along Portside Dr. in Chocowinity on October 4, 2015
Flooding along Portside Dr. in Chocowinity on October 4, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCT) – North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory says he will appeal Federal Emergency Management Agency’s denial of aid funds.

The governor requested aid to help eight coastal counties recover from October flooding. Those counties are Brunswick, Carteret, Dare, Hyde, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico and Pender.

In the letter of denial, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate says the damages could be handled by state and local governments.

“Based on FEMA guidelines, we believe the damage estimates submitted are indeed eligible for federal financial assistance,” said Governor McCrory.

Survey teams on the local, state and national level say damages to beaches, roads, and infrastructure, as well as debris removal, cost roughly $31 million. The required federal threshold for North Carolina is $13.4 million.

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