Major Disaster Declaration Granted For 15 N.C. Counties Hit By Hurricane Isaias

RALEIGH, N.C. — Governor Roy Cooper’s request for a major disaster declaration for 15 North Carolina counties recovering after Hurricane Isaias has been granted by the White House and FEMA, according to a news release.

“This declaration from our federal partners will help us rebuild stronger and smarter, so our communities can recover from the damage done by Hurricane Isaias,” said Gov. Cooper.

The declaration will help Beaufort, Bertie, Brunswick, Carteret, Chowan, Columbus, Craven, Hertford, Hyde, Jones, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender and Pitt counties in the state.

Cooper says the declaration will give federal reimbursement to county, state governments, and some nonprofit organizations to cover the cost of storm damage from Hurricane Isaias and repair damaged infrastructure.

State officials say the declaration can also cover costs of debris removal, search and rescue operations, hazardous material clean up, meals, generators, fuel, and more.

Additional counties may be added to the declaration later, according to a news release.

Cooper says he signed a state disaster bill for Bertie and surrounding counties, and got a disaster declaration from the U.S. Small Business Administration, after a tornado spun out of Hurricane Isaias and struck a neighborhood in Windsor on August 4th.

Hurricane Isaias made landfall on August 3rd near Ocean Isle Beach and caused major flooding, four deaths, damaged roads and bridges, several tornadoes, damaged water supply lines, and knocked out power to more than 375,000 homes and businesses, according to a news release.