Gov. McCrory tours local flood damage

Gov. McCrory tours local flood damage

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by BEN THOMPSON / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on July 30, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 30 at 8:38 PM

VALE, N.C. -- Governor Pat McCrory toured storm-ravaged parts of Lincoln and Catawba counties Tuesday afternoon.  He first stopped at a bridge on Beam Lumber Road that had been completely washed away.

"We're trying to work as quickly as we can in dealing with over 55 road problems in a two county area-- Lincoln and Catawba counties," said McCrory.

McCrory met with local leaders to survey the damage and discuss how the government can help. They estimated road damage to be at $5 million so far.

"We need to give them every service we can, and also promise immediate speed."

The governor said he was willing to tap into state reserves to help pay for road projects.  McCrory said he was directing the state agriculture department to look for programs to help farmers impacted by flooding. He was also checking with federal authorities about low-interest loans available for homeowners.

McCrory says his team is currently calculating figures to see whether the damages qualify for a disaster declaration.

"Right now, whether certain places qualify for emergency disaster, we're still adding it up.  And we've do that proper paperwork, analysis and assessment."

Catawba County residents can report flood problems online here. Officials are asking for patience, as they say there hundreds of people who have reported damage. Two structures have been destroyed there, and dozens more damaged.

Lincoln County officials are assessing damage there, as well. Anyone who needs assistance can call Emergency Management at 704-736-8660.

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