Six North Carolina counties approved for disaster relief benefits

Flooding in the Summit Farms neighborhood of Moyock, N.C. persists four days after Hurricane Matthew hit the area. Photo taken Oct. 12, 2016 (Photo courtesy: Stephanie Harris)

CURRITUCK COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) — Currituck County, along with six other counties affected by Hurricane Matthew, have been approved for disaster assistance through the Department of Agriculture.

Gov. Pat McCrory announced Wednesday that his request had been approved for residents in Brunswick, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Halifax and Pasquotank counties to be eligible for assistance.

Residents in those counties who are not currently receiving food stamp benefits can get Disaster Food and Nutrition Service benefits through the USDA.

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Officials say residents impacted by Matthew can qualify for assistance for a one-month period if they have suffered losses. Matthew caused millions of dollars in damages across North Carolina, and caused the deaths of more than 20.

“Even though the storm has passed, there are still many people hurting in North Carolina,” McCrory stated in a Wednesday news release. “As we begin to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Matthew, disaster food assistance is an additional step to help people get back on their feet again.”

A total of 37 counties have been approved for benefits through the USDA’s Disaster Food and Nutrition Service since late October.

Residents looking to apply for assistance can find more information and a list of locations at this link.