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RALEIGH: The Federal Government has approved North Carolina’s request to add Bladen and Chowan counties to the disaster declaration for Hurricane Dorian.

“Today’s news is an important step forward for North Carolinians recovering from Hurricane Dorian and we are committed to helping these individuals get the necessary assistance they deserve,” said Gov. Cooper.

FEMA Public Assistance will become available to local governments, state agencies and certain private non-profits in Bladen and Chowan counties, allowing for reimbursement of costs spent repairing infrastructure and public facilities damaged by Hurricane Dorian.

These additions bring the total to 28 North Carolina counties now eligible for FEMA Public Assistance for Dorian, including Beaufort, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Greene, Hoke, Hyde, Jones, Lenoir, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Pitt, Robeson, Sampson, Tyrrell, Washington and Wayne counties.

FEMA Public Assistance is a cost-sharing program to reimburse eligible disaster-related debris removal, emergency protective measures and the repair or restoration of public facilities such as roads, bridges, water control facilities, buildings, equipment, public utilities, parks and recreational facilities. FEMA provides 75 percent of the costs and the state provides 25 percent.

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