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Governor Issues Disaster Declaration for City of Newton

Today (September 1), North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper signed a disaster declaration for the City of Newton. Newton experienced damages from a straight-line wind event in August.

The Governor’s order authorizes state-funded disaster assistance in the form of public assistance grants to eligible local governments for debris clearance and emergency protective measures. The disaster declaration expires 60 days after issuance.

Local and state emergency management officials conducted joint preliminary damage assessments and determined that the storm caused more than $10,000 in uninsured disaster-related damages in Newton, which is equal to or in excess of one percent of the city’s annual operating budget. Newton would not qualify for federal assistance based on the preliminary damage assessments.

The Governor also signed a disaster declaration for the City of Rocky Mount in connection with a tornado that occurred in July.