Hurricane relief grant to help 16 WNC counties

By: - June 30, 2005 5:22 am

Hendersonville Times

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., on Wednesday announced a $3,500,000 U.S. Department of Labor National Emergency Grant to provide continued assistance to 16 North Carolina counties affected by hurricanes and tropical storms during 2004, including Henderson, Polk and Transylvania counties. The funds will be made available though the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

"Hurricanes and a tropical storm caused widespread damage in Western North Carolina last year," Burr said. "These funds will provide state and local officials with the means to continue to rebuild their communities while providing employment opportunities."

The National Emergency Grant will sustain approximately 650 temporary jobs that bring disaster victims food, clothing, shelter and other humanitarian assistance. These temporary jobs also provide for the cleanup of areas damaged by hurricanes and tropical storms, including demolition, renovation and reconstruction of destroyed public structures.

— T-N Staff

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