FEMA Approves $3.8 Million for Electric Cooperative in North Carolina
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved nearly $3.8 million to reimburse the South River Electric Membership Corporation in Dunn for damage to its electrical system following Hurricane Florence.
The cooperative provides electrical service to Bladen, Cumberland, Harnett, Johnston and Sampson counties, which were included in the presidential disaster declaration following Hurricane Florence.
High winds, rain and flooding caused by the hurricane damaged overhead utility poles, lines and transformers in multiple counties.
FEMA’s Public Assistance program provides grants for state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations to reimburse the cost of debris removal, emergency protective measures and permanent repair work.
Public Assistance is a cost-sharing program. FEMA reimburses applicants at least 75 percent of eligible costs, and the remaining 25 percent is covered by the state of North Carolina. FEMA’s share for this project is more than $2.8 million. The federal portion is paid directly to the state, which disburses funds to the agencies, local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations that incurred costs.
FEMA’s mission: Helping people before, during and after disasters.