RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — The water is receding in many parts of North Carolina but for thousands of residents, the nightmare of Hurricane Matthew has just begun.
A major disaster declaration has been declared for much of the state, which means FEMA will step in to help residents who have been impacted by flooding.
Homeowners and renters in 23 counties can apply for individual aid from the federal government. Those counties are Bertie, Beaufort, Bladen, Columbus, Cumberland, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Harnett, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lenoir, Nash, Pender, Pitt, Sampson, Robeson, Wayne and Wilson.
Additionally, 34 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, Harnett, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Lenoir, Nash, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Pitt, Robeson, Sampson, Tyrrell, Washington, Wayne, and Wilson counties.
Former Deputy Director of the FEMA Individual Assistance Division Mark Misczak joined CBS North Carolina to talk about the help FEMA can provide to those impacted by the storm.
Misczak now works as Director of Recovery for Hagerty Consulting.
On Monday, Gov. Pat McCrory gave another update on the state’s recovery from the hurricane and flooding.
Interstate 95 has reopened following more than a week of closures.
The governor also said the state’s death toll stands at 25.