FEMA Public Assistance Available for Guilford and McDowell Counties


Two more North Carolina counties affected by Hurricane Florence are now eligible to apply for federal assistance to help pay for the cost of debris removal, emergency protective measures and permanent repair work to damaged infrastructure.

FEMA announced that state and local government agencies in Guilford and McDowell counties may be eligible for reimbursement under FEMA’s Public Assistance program.

“This is welcome news as North Carolina works to clean up and rebuild from Hurricane Florence,” said Gov. Roy Cooper. “Local governments poured significant resources into responding to the storm, and many also face damage to critical public infrastructure. Getting access to this help is key to these communities’ recovery.”

The following 49 counties were previously designated as eligible to apply for public assistance: Alamance, Alleghany, Anson, Ashe, Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Cabarrus, Carteret, Chatham, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Dare, Davidson, Duplin, Granville, Greene, Harnett, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Madison, Montgomery, Moore, New Hanover, Onslow, Orange, Pamlico, Pender, Person, Pitt, Polk, Randolph, Richmond, Robeson, Rowan, Sampson, Scotland, Stanly, Tyrrell, Union, Wayne, Wilson and Yancey counties.

“When Public Assistance dollars go to governments and nonprofits after a disaster, they benefit everyone in a community,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Albie Lewis, who is in charge of FEMA’s operations in North Carolina. “The money helps protect people and property, clean up neighborhoods, haul away disaster debris, put utilities back in order, and repair roads and bridges that people use every day.”

The federal share of assistance is not less than 75 percent of the eligible cost.

For additional information on the Public Assistance process, please visit Additional information on the Public Assistance process.

For more information on North Carolina’s recovery from Hurricane Florence, visit  ncdps.gov/Florence and FEMA.gov/Disaster/4393. Follow us on Twitter: @NCEmergency and @FEMARegion4.


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