SMITHFIELD, N.C. (WNCN) — Johnston County can now get federal aid to help them cover the costs of damage caused by Hurricane Matthew.
Johnston County is one of four more North Carolina counties where homeowners and renters will be able to apply for federal assistance to repair or rebuild homes damaged by the storm that dropped more than a foot of rain in some parts of the state.
Residents in Bertie, Johnston, Wayne and Wilson join those in 10 other counties that had previously been approved to apply for federal assistance.
The 10 original counties are Beaufort, Bladen, Columbus, Cumberland, Edgecombe, Hoke, Lenoir, Nash, Pitt, and Robeson counties.
So far, 32 counties have been approved for federal funding to help cover the costs of responding to the storm. The funding will also help pay for storm debris removal.
The counties approved for storm response funding are Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Greene, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Lenoir, Nash, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Pitt, Robeson, Tyrrell, Washington, Wayne, and Wilson counties.
“I am committed to doing everything we possibly can to help families and communities recover from the devastating impacts caused by Matthew,” said Gov. Pat McCrory. “We appreciate the expedited federal assistance that will be critical to helping North Carolinians begin the long recovery process.”
All 100 counties in North Carolina will be eligible for funding to help mitigate future storm damage.
There’s currently a flood warning in Johnston County and throughout much of the CBS North Carolina viewing area through Wednesday night.
Students in Johnston County won’t return to class until next week.
There have been a total of 18 storm-related deaths so far in North Carolina. Three of those occurred in Johnston County.
The three people who died, all in separate incidents, died when flood waters swept them away in their cars.
Aside from the conditions in many areas in central and eastern North Carolina that make driving unsafe, for those who do venture out into flood waters outside their cars it’s important to note that some of the water will contain raw sewage, gasoline and other liquids.