Help is on the way for flood victims

Credit: Sherri

This rain on Greedy Hey in Hickory. It brought down a tree down on a car, flooded cars, a man's horse farm and washed out a man's driveway! This is the worst I have ever seen here.


by BORA KIM / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on August 8, 2013 at 6:31 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 8 at 6:41 PM

CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C. -- Help is on its way to victims of the July 27 flood disaster.

Late Wednesday, Governor Pat McCrory granted Catawba County the state’s disaster declaration.
The designation sets aside state and federal resources for Catawba and the five surrounding counties affected.

A Disaster Assistance Center has been set-up so that the public can inquire about the programs that are available through the Small Business Administration.

The SBA assists individuals and families who have experienced damage to their home or personal property and may be eligible for financial assistance from the SBA even if they do not own a business.

To date, more than 880 properties have been registered as lost or damaged in the county alone.  

Judy & Earl Spencer of Lenoir have lived on their 60 acre property since 1963. They borrowed $9,000 to repair the bridge that had been washed away in July.

That bridge leads to the main road. The Spencers believe they can save thousands of dollars with a lower interest loan, and it is money they can use to make further repairs.

"Part of my hose fence is gone, I haven't repaired yet, there at least about 10 sections, which are 12 foot sections,” he said.

State Individual Disaster Assistance will provide grants that help eligible homeowners or renters replace their personal property/belongings, rent temporary housing, repair or replace their houses and pay for any related medical or dental expenses.

Ken Twardzik of Wellington spent the afternoon waiting for his chance to ask disaster aid representatives questions about the road he shares with neighbors.

"The water overtook the road about 60-70 feet wide, when the water was at its maximum."

"The bid that are coming in are between 10 and 20 thousand dollars. Unfortunately our road is still intact, and any further damage can triple or quadruple that cost,” said Twardzik

Becky Beane of Colletsville says she is anxious to get some answers.

Her basement wall measuring 30x10 feet collapsed the very July 27 weekend the area received up to a foot of rain overnight.

She found out her homeowner’s insurance policy doesn’t cover any of it.

"We did not have flood insurance, but homeowners don't want to pay because they are calling it ‘barometric pressure,” she said.

It was explained to her that the damages were the result of the ground being so saturated; it was not able to hold any more water. That pressure caused the wall to cave-in.

"We probably have about $20,000 worth of damages,” she said.


Disaster Assistance Center
Catawba County Agriculture Resource Center
1175 S Brady Ave
Newton, NC 28658

Hours of Operations

Thursday, August 8, 2013  12 Noon-6 p.m.
Friday, August 9, 2013  9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday, August 10, 2013  10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Sunday, August 11, 2013  Closed
Monday, August 12, 2013  9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013  9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013  9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Thursday, August 15, 2013  9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Items to Bring With You:
□ Proof of home / vehicle ownership (e.g.,deed, tax record, vehicle registration)
□ Proof of residence (e.g., utility bill, front page of bank statement)
□ Proof of insurance (home / auto) Declaration page
□ Copy of driver’s license / state ID
□ Copy of Social Security card
□ Two (2) estimates of physical damage (homeowners only)
□ Photos

For those unable to visit the Center:
Individuals and businesses unable to visit the center may also obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing), or by emailing Loan applications can also be downloaded at Completed applications should be returned to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.