FEMA approves $41.5 million in relief to NC for Hurricane Florence

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DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved $41.5 million in hurricane relief for the state, according to a press release on Friday.

The money will reimburse North Carolina Emergency Management “for emergency response activities during Hurricane Florence,” the release read.

Hurricane Florence slowly crawled through the state in September, causing catastrophic flooding in various areas. Emergency response included search and rescue, shelters, four emergency operations centers, and setting up emergency staging areas, among other items, the release said.

FEMA’s Public Assistance is a cost-sharing program. It reimburses applicants at least 75 percent of eligible costs. The remainder is covered by the State of North Carolina, the release said.

The federal portion has been paid directly to the state, which disburses it to the agencies, local governments, and nonprofit organizations, the release said. 

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