Governor signs disaster declaration for 10 counties

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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper holds a press conference at the Executive Mansion in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, March 30, 2017, to announce that he signed a HB142, a compromise replacement bill for HB2, that the N.C. General Assembly passed earlier in the day. (Chris Seward/The News & Observer via AP)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has signed a state disaster declaration for 10 counties to make additional assistance available for people affected by flooding rains last month.

The declaration affects Catawba, Mecklenburg and surrounding counties, including Alexander, Burke, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, and Union. It makes additional assistance available to people affected by heavy rains that flooded homes and roads in those counties on June 7-10.

At the Cooper’s request, the U.S. Small Business Administration granted a disaster declaration last week for Catawba, Mecklenburg and surrounding counties, allowing affected residents to apply for low interest SBA disaster loans. With his signing of the declaration, state funded grants become possible for individuals who do not meet the qualifications for an SBA loan.

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