NORTH CAROLINA (WAVY) — Governor Pat McCrory said Thursday federal assistance is available for residents of six North Carolina counties to help deal with the damage from Hurricane Matthew.
Jones and Gates counties can get public and individual assistance. Residents of Hyde, Dare, Duplin and Pender counties can apply for individual federal aid as well.
Disaster unemployment assistance has been approved by the Division of Employment Security (DES) for Duplin, Gates and Pender counties. This means the DES will not enforce the one-week waiting period and job search requirements for those whose employment or self-employment has been lost or interrupted as a direct result of a major disaster in the counties. If you were affected by Matthew and aren’t able to continue working, you must file an application for benefits within 30 days from today or by Nov. 14. Learn more information here.
Those who receive food and nutrition services have until Oct. 18 to request replacement of benefits if food was lost because of Matthew. Families must contact their local Department of Social Services to report the loss and qualify. For more information, call 211 or visit United Way online.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is working with the food and nutrition services program to determine what counties in North Carolina are eligible for food assistance for people who don’t receive food and nutrition services. You can apply for regular food and nutrition services. Find contact information your local office here.
McCrory confirmed two additional storm-related deaths Thursday.
One person drowned when they drove around a barricade and encountered a washed-out road. A second victim died when he walked into a hole from an uprooted tree and couldn’t get out. That brings the total death toll from Hurricane Matthew in North Carolina to 22. Overall, the death toll for the United States from the storm is at 38.
The governor said the state has sent more resources to Edgecombe County, where the Tar River is currently cresting, and major flooding has prompted many road closures and evacuations.