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More assistance available for Hyde residents affected by Hurricane Matthew

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Hyde County has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the North Carolina Community Foundation to help with unmet losses from Hurricane Matthew.

Hyde County Manager Bill Rich said anyone in Hyde County can apply for more financial assistance through his office.

While insurance and Federal Emergency Management Agency support has been activated for Hyde County residents who suffered damages from the hurricane’s aftermath, this money will supplement losses not covered by other agencies.

Rich said unfulfilled needs might include costs for lost food, clothing, auto repair or replacement and rent payments.

Grant monies awarded will have to go through a local nonprofit to be determined, he said.  Grant decisions will be made by Dec. 31.

Anyone interested in finding out if they are eligible should contact Rich at his office, 252-926-5292, brich@hydecountync.gov. 

To read the press release about this grant, click here.

In addition, at the request of the state of North Carolina, FEMA has extended its disaster assistance deadline for Hurricane Matthew survivors to Jan. 9.

The state has requested more time for registration because a number of counties were added for Individual Assistance several weeks after the original Oct. 10 presidential disaster declaration.

This new deadline also applies to Hyde homeowners, renters and businesses submitting applications for low-interest disaster loans from the federal Small Business Administration.

For more information about FEMA support, click here.

A tree at Edwards of Ocracoke motel is a casualty of Hurricane Matthew. Hyde County officials asked residents to move tree debris to the side of the roads so that a debris contractor coming on the island can assess damage. Photo: C. Leinbach

A tree at Edwards of Ocracoke motel is a casualty of Hurricane Matthew. Hyde County officials asked residents to move tree debris to the side of the roads so that a debris contractor coming on the island can assess damage. Photo: C. Leinbach