Dorian disaster recovery centers closing Thursday in North Carolina

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Two islanders ride their bikes through still-wet streets on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019 on Ocracoke Island, N.C., in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian. (Connie Leinbach/Ocracoke Observer via AP)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Time is running out for North Carolina victims of Hurricane Dorian to get help at one of the four disaster recovery centers.

North Carolina emergency management spokesman Keith Acree said centers are open through Thursday in Beaufort, Buxton, Wilmington and on Ocracoke Island. Residents can talk with state and federal officials about loans and grants to help repair and replace storm-damaged property.

The U.S. Small Business Administration declared a disaster in Carteret, Dare, Hyde, and New Hanover counties. Residents of Beaufort, Brunswick, Craven, Currituck, Jones, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Tyrrell, and Washington also may apply for the money.

Residents can apply at the centers for low-interest SBA disaster loans or may apply online. Those who don’t qualify for an SBA loan may be eligible for a state-funded grant.

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