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BERTIE CO, NC Bertie and Hertford county residents can now apply for FEMAand Small Business Administration funds to help them recover from flooding earlier this month when the Cashie River overflowed its banks.

State emergency officials say more than 420 homes and 60 businesses in the six counties were damaged or completely destroyed.

FEMA assistance available includes grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs.

From the SBA, businesses and private non-profit organizations of any size may borrow up to $2million to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets.

The SBA may increase a loan up to 20 percent of the total amount of disaster damage to real estate and/or leasehold improvements, as verified by SBA, to make improvements that lessen the risk of property damage by future disasters of the same kind. For information, go to the SBA Website.

To apply for FEMAfunds, go to the FEMA Website or call 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA) between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. You'll need to give your current phone number, where you lived when the flooding occurred and a new address if you can't live in your home. You also will also be asked for your Social Security Number, a general list of damages and losses, name of your insurance company and more.

Once registered, FEMA inspectors will set an appointment to inspect your property so the agency can review your request for assistance.

Bertie Co. residentsalsocan apply at the FEMA Disaster Recovery Center. It's open from 8:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. daily, including weekends, at the Bertie County Council on Aging Gym on W. School Street.

Applications also are open to residents in Beaufort, Craven, Onslow and Tyrrell counties.

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