Gov. Perdue declares disaster in two N.C. counties

November 19, 2011 2:23:44 PM PST
Gov. Bev Perdue declared Davidson and Randolph counties disaster areas Saturday, following the severe weather and tornadoes that struck on the evening of November 16th.The declaration allows the Governor to make available individual assistance for victims of the storms, typically in the form of grants for housing and other essential needs, up to a maximum of $30,400. State officials will be opening a disaster recovery center in the coming days where storm victims can apply for assistance.

"I will make sure that any possible aid is provided to those who suffered damages from the tornadoes and other severe weather," Gov. Perdue said. "It is critical that we help get our fellow North Carolinians back in their homes and their businesses back to normal as soon as possible."

Gov. Perdue also sent a letter Friday asking for assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration. That federal agency can provide low interest loans for homeowners, renters and businesses that suffered damage from the storms.

The storms that rolled across the state killed two people and damaged dozens of homes in the two counties. Davidson County declared a local state of emergency that evening, and Randolph County did the same the following day.

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