Federal Major Disaster Declaration for North Carolina Amended to Include Lee County
SANFORD, N.C. – On Monday, September 24, 2018, the Major Disaster Declaration for the State of North Carolina that was granted by President Donald J. Trump on September 14, 2018, was amended to include Lee County. This declaration triggers the release of federal funds to help people and communities recover from Hurricane Florence that began September 7, 2018, and continuing.
“As I saw firsthand, while Sanford and Lee County faced heavy rain, flooding and storm damage during Hurricane Florence, they still led the charge in welcoming evacuees from across the state who needed a place to go," Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.) said. "While we continue to assist them in serving others and getting the supplies they need, this federal declaration will help with the short and long term recovery of the community. Our office stands ready to assist any and every person in Lee County in any way possible.”
Those seeking assistance are encouraged to call Walker's office at (336) 333-5005.
To apply for assistance online, Lee County residents can visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov. Lee County residents may also register by calling FEMA at 1-800-621-3362. Those who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY should call 1-800-462-7585.
On September 14, 2018, Walker joined the North Carolina Congressional delegation in sending a letter to President Trump requesting that the administration swiftly approve Governor Cooper’s request for an expedited Major Disaster Declaration.
Last week, Walker posted the following video from Lee County after visiting the National Guard Armory shelter in Sanford, set up by the American Red Cross: