State To Appeal Denial Of Request For Western NC Flood Assistance (2018-08-28 15:25:37)

North Carolina will appeal a decision by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the White House not to grant a major disaster declaration for the floods and mudslides in western North Carolina in May.

Governor Roy Cooper’s Office and North Carolina Emergency Management learned that the federal government denied its request on August 20th.

The state was seeking the disaster declaration to pave the way for FEMA assistance for people and communities affected by the storms.

The declaration covers 13 counties, including Avery and Watauga.

FEMA determined that the damages were beyond the capabilities of the State and affected local governments.

The state has 30 days from August 20th to submit its formal appeal to FEMA.