U.S. Senator Kay Hagan today praised Senate passage of legislation that supports relief efforts in communities affected by Hurricane Sandy. The Hurricane Sandy Supplemental Appropriations Bill includes funding to repair damages to North Carolina's inlets, waterways, roads and bridges, and to provide disaster assistance loans to small businesses. The Senate passed similar legislation after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and after Hurricane Irene last year to ensure affected states have the funding needed to recover.
"While our state may not have received the very worst of Hurricane Sandy, areas in northeastern North Carolina are still hurting," said Hagan. "This bill provides crucial resources to ensure that the affected communities can repair damaged infrastructure and keep our inlets and waterways open to commercial fishing boats, shipping vessels and ferries that carry residents and visitors on and off our barrier islands. I am committed to ensuring our communities, families and businesses have the support they need to recover as quickly as possible after this - and every - storm."
The bill must pass the House of Representatives before it can be signed into law and enacted.
Highlights for North Carolina:
· The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers identified $30 million in damages to North Carolina caused by Hurricane Sandy and the subsequent Nor'easter. The projects to repair these damages would be eligible to receive funding through the Army Corps under the Senate bill.
· North Carolina roads and bridges sustained $8 million in damages from Hurricane Sandy. The state has received a $4 million reimbursement from the Emergency Relief Fund. The Senate bill provide additional funding for the Emergency Relief Fund to ensure states like North Carolina can continue to be compensated for repairs.
· The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced a disaster declaration in North Carolina for Dare, Currituck, Hyde and Tyrell Counties. The Hurricane Sandy Supplemental bill includes an additional $500 million in disaster relief loans through the SBA. These loans can go to homeowners, businesses and non-profits in states affected.
Earlier this month, Hagan joined her colleagues on the Senate Small Business Committee in outlining ways the SBA could improve its disaster programs to assist small businesses affected by Hurricane Sandy.