Many tools were ruined by Hurricane Dorian. Photo: P. Vankevich

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The Ocracoke Foundation has received a Grant for $50,000 from Wells Fargo to purchase tools and equipment for the island businesses working to rebuild homes in our community.

Grants will purchase tools and equipment for Ocracoke businesses, tradespeople and other residents who are making homes habitable again following the flooding devastation from Hurricane Dorian on Sept. 6.

Those entities include contractors, builders, carpenters, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, septic and related trades, as well as the only local garage and vehicle repair business, Jimmy’s Garage.

A committee of five to seven persons, reflecting an island cross section, under the Ocracoke Foundation will identify trades people and their needs.

Efforts will be made to identify needs, quantify and aggregate specific items and purchase in bulk.

Putting tools and equipment into the hands of skilled, experienced people will allow them to return to work and provide for their families and will enable other families to reclaim and move back into their damaged homes and begin the process to restart their businesses as well.

Any remaining funds will support other locally owned businesses, such as tree removal, lawn care and landscaping.

Information and applications are available at Ocracoke Island Realty Rental office or email Scott Bradley at

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