President Obama signs North Carolina disaster declaration

WASHINGTON

A half-inch of ice, sleet and freezing rain fell on top of several inches of snow throughout the Triad, parts of the Triangle, and along the Virginia border counties earlier this month. Heavy winds compounded the storm's effects, toppling trees and knocking out power in much of central North Carolina for several days.

The declaration means federal funding is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe winter storm in the counties of: Alamance, Caswell, Davidson, Davie, Granville, Guilford, Orange, Person, and Randolph counties.

FEMA said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

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