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Hurricane Floyd: damage by the numbers

Life in the aftermath of FloydIt's on the faces and in the hearts of people that we see the real toll of a natural disaster.

But the latest statistics from the Federal Emergency Management Agency do have the power to tell us just how much damage this ferocious storm did to property in North Carolina and just how many people needed help.

After Floyd, more than 70,000 people registered for disaster assistance, according to the agency. There were 48,754 requests for disaster housing assistance and FEMA's latest report says that about 88 percent of the homes hit by the storm have now been inspected as part of the processing of these requests.

Deluge of help
After the storm, 21,000 people applied for other forms of aid.

A total of more than $58 million has already been disbursed in emergency disaster housing assistance and individual and family grants.

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For the housing help alone $36.4 million has been provided via 22,832 checks to people in need. Family grant checks, 4,570 of them, have provided $14.2 million for families to cover needs that their insurance, or charitable help, couldn't take care of.

And $406,000 was given to local people in the form of disaster unemployment benefits.

The Small Business Administration has already approved 2,509 low-interest loans for both individuals and businesses. That's $116.3 million worth of help.

Recovery centers
After Floyd, 22 disaster recovery centers were set up in eastern North Carolina and helped more than 35,000 victims of the deluge

There are more than 500 travel trailers, paid for by the state, currently providing shelter for people that Floyd left homeless.

When it came to the number of people needing help, the two hardest-hit counties were Pitt and Edgecombe, which lay side by side to the east of North Carolina's capital, Raleigh.

  • In Edgecombe County, 6,595 applications led to assistance for 2,204 families. More than $4 million was spent in disaster housing assistance and $2.7 million in individual and family grants.
  • In Pitt County, 8,761 people applied for help and 2,210 families were given assistance. More than $3.3 million in disaster housing assistance was disbursed and almost $1.3 million in individual and family grants.
Related information:
Protecting yourself before and after disaster

-- Posted: Nov. 16, 1999


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