Deadline extended for Florence aid in North Carolina

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The Cross Creek neighborhood in Hampstead was slammed by Hurricane Florence, and must now prepare for another storm. (Photo: Matt Bennett/WWAY)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP/WWAY) — Home and business owners suffering damages from Hurricane Florence are running out of time to request federal government aid.

The deadline was originally Thursday, but has been extended to Wednesday, Dec. 19, to apply for grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency or low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. More than 99,000 applications for help after the September storm’s record rains and flooding have been filed.

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“We want to make sure that our hurricane survivors get the help they need to get their lives back on track,” Gov. Cooper said. “I urge anyone impacted by Hurricane Florence to register with FEMA right away.”

People can apply by calling 1-800-621-3362, going online, visiting a local disaster recovery center or using FEMA’s mobile app.

Gov. Roy Cooper’s office says more than $1 billion in state and federal resources for Florence response already has been approved.

Cooper earlier this week also wrote President Donald Trump asking for federal disaster assistance in 21 counties that received damages from Hurricane Michael’s remnants in October.