State, Federal Disaster Dollars Help Utility in Dunn Damaged by Hurricane Dorian


A North Carolina public utility affected by Hurricane Dorian has been approved by disaster assistance funding from the State of North Carolina and FEMA.

The South River Electric Membership Corporation in Dunn was approved for more than $927,100 to reimburse hurricane-related expenses. The reimbursement includes replacing damaged transformers, poles and other critical components to distribute power to customers in Bladen and Sampson counties.

More than $18.6 million has been approved by FEMA for Hurricane Dorian-related expenses in North Carolina through the Public Assistance program. The state and FEMA continue working with affected communities to ensure they receive all eligible disaster assistance.

Public Assistance benefits all community members. It provides grants to state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations to reimburse the cost of debris removal, emergency protective measures and permanent repair work.

The program is cost-sharing. FEMA reimburses applicants at least 75 percent of eligible costs, and the remaining 25 percent is covered by the state. The federal share is paid directly to the state, which disburses funds to agencies, local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations that incurred costs.

FEMA’s share for this project is more than $695,300 while the state’s share is more than $231,700.

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