U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan (D-NC) today applauded the President for agreeing to send more than $9 million in federal aid to North Carolina following severe winter storms last December. Today, the President declared a 13-county region in Western North Carolina a major disaster.
"Western North Carolina was hit with heavy rain, icing and flooding last December," Hagan said. "More than 80,000 homes in the area lost power, but immediate recovery was delayed because of freezing temperatures and icy conditions. More rain fell on the region, causing more flooding and icing, leading to additional power losses. Public infrastructure, including power, water, and communication facilities, was severely damaged.
"In this economic climate, the $12.5 million the state expects the damage will cost is particularly difficult. The federal assistance will greatly ease this burden on our state and allow the affected counties to quickly and fully recover."
Last month, Senator Hagan sent a letter to President Obama supporting Governor Perdue's request for the White House to issue the necessary disaster declaration for the affected counties.
Federal funding will now be available for emergency work and facility repair in Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Haywood, Jackson, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Watauga, and Yancey counties. Federal funding is also available for hazard mitigation measures statewide.