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Hyde County included in governor’s request for Isaias help

Governor Roy Cooper has requested a major disaster declaration to help defray some of the costs for communities impacted by Hurricane Isaias.

The application for public assistance for 15 counties includes Hyde County, which shows $33,373 in damages in the preliminary damage assessment. In addition to public assistance, the governor is asking the federal government for Hazard Mitigation Grant Program assistance statewide.

The 15 counties for which public assistance funding is requested are Beaufort, Bertie, Brunswick, Carteret, Chowan, Columbus, Craven, Hertford, Hyde, Jones, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender and Pitt.

If approved, the major disaster declaration would provide federal funds to help reimburse county and state government and some non-profit organizations for some of the cost to respond to the storm and repair damaged infrastructure. It also would provide federal help to pay for debris removal as well as search and rescue operations, hazardous material clean up assistance, meals, generators, fuel and more.

Hurricane Isaias made landfall August 3 near Ocean Isle Beach and caused major flooding in several communities. Four deaths were attributed to the storm that spawned several tornadoes, damaged water supply lines, roads and bridges and knocked out power to more than 375,000 homes and businesses.

Local and state emergency management officials began surveying and evaluating storm damages immediately after Isaias. The assessments were finished in mid-September.

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