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.
After the storm, 21,000 people applied for other forms
A total of more than $58 million has already
been disbursed in emergency disaster housing assistance and
individual and family grants.
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.
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,
- 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.
-- Posted: Nov. 16,