U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan (NC) today applauded the President's disaster declaration for seven counties in North Carolina. Senator Hagan petitioned the White House in support of each request from Governor Perdue for federal assistance related to Hurricane Irene. Copies of Hagan's letters of support can be found here and here.
"We all have a lot of work ahead of us to quickly address the dire needs of communities across Eastern North Carolina. The disaster declaration is an important step," said Hagan. "I observed with my own eyes the damage Irene inflicted on Eastern North Carolina. Our North Carolina farmers, fishermen and small business owners were particularly hard hit. I continue to work with the White House, Governor Perdue, the federal Cabinet agencies, and our emergency managers on the ground to ensure all of our affected communities get back on their feet as soon as possible."
The disaster declaration approved by President Obama today covers Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, Dare, Hyde, Pamlico and Tyrrell counties. This important step will help residents in those counties pay for uninsured damages caused by Hurricane Irene. Today's disaster declaration provides for recovery efforts, while the federal emergency declaration signed over the weekend for 34 counties in Eastern North Carolina provides federal assistance to cover the costs of emergency protective measures for local governments.
Yesterday Hagan joined the U.S. Secretaries of Agriculture and Homeland Security and Governor Bev Perdue for an aerial tour of damage along the Outer Banks and impressed upon Secretaries Napolitano and Vilsack the need for immediate assistance. Hagan continues to work with Governor Perdue and local emergency managers to obtain all necessary federal assistance.
Following the aerial tour, Hagan reviewed hurricane relief efforts in Dare County. During her visit, Hagan spoke with business owners in downtown Manteo, assessed damage in Wanchese, and surveyed the breaches on Highway 12.
"Hurricane Irene battered Dare County brutally," Hagan said. "Local business owners are faced with significant flood damage, and Highway 12 - a lifeline for Hatteras Island - has been rendered useless. This disaster declaration will help provide critical resources needed to recover and rebuild."
For a photo of Senator Hagan touring damage along Highway 12 click here.
For a photo of Senator Hagan meeting with a small business owner working to recover from the storm click here.
This week Hagan also toured recovery efforts in New Bern, Washington, and at East Carolina University.
Individuals seeking assistance with hurricane recovery should contact Senator Hagan's office at 877-852-9462 ext. 13. To contact FEMA disaster assistance, call 800-621-3362 or visit disasterassistance.gov.