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WASHINGTON — People suffering last month’s severe storms in eastern parts of North Carolina got come bad news from Washington.

WTVD-TV reported that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied Gov. Pat McCory’s request for a major disaster declaration.

Emergency funds were requested for Beaufort, Chowan, Pasquotank, and Perquimans counties.

State officials reported more than 500 homes sustained damage, including 60 homes that were totally destroyed. Congressman G.K. Butterfield said he’s upset by the decision.

“I am outraged that my constituents in eastern North Carolina are being denied urgently needed federal assistance,” said Butterfield. “Hundreds of people have been displaced and need help.  This is a time where families whose lives have been upended by the storm need their government the most.”

Butterfield continues to work with the Governor and the Obama Administration to identify resources to provide assistance to affected families.

Nine tornadoes swept through the state, killing one and injuring 28 others.


    • Kill The Poor

      NC residents remember nothing other then what they’ve been told to remember and believe. People are to stupid to understand that the game is rigged. Because the people that run this country try to give you the illusion of choice by giving you two useless shits to vote for. And all NC residents, instead of using the mind they have to think for themselves, will believe all the propaganda (that in this state the right) churns out and vote straight ticket. Voting for someone who doesn’t give a shit about you, yet fooling you with the illusion that they do.

    • FaithC

      I would hope they would, but sadly I don’t think they will. The people hold a great deal of power, but never use it. They just follow like sheep.

  • Sandy Griffin

    does FOX8 not have proof readers before they post stuff ? WASHINGTON – People suffering following last month’s severe storms in eastern parts of North Carolina got come bad news from Washington.
    this is not the first mistake I have seen on here… come on people you are the ones that bring us the news and you cannot proof read your work that you post? Really? I hate that those families are not going to get help from the government, but it is our current government that we are talking about. My prayers go out to all the ones that have suffered and lost so much in the storms.

    • Greg Carroll

      North Carolina voted in a legislature and governor who are fiscal conservatives. They rejected accepting $1.5B in federal assistance to expand Medicaid in this state because, as NC Sen. Burr (R) said, “Federal dollars are not free dollars.” People need to take responsibility for themselves–they should have insurance to cover their losses

      Fox News followers know that it bleeding-heart liberals want the federal government to give them something. Conservatives know too, that McCrory was being inconsistent with conservative values and policies–he should have refused to go to Washington begging for a handout.

      • Thomas Christopher

        I’m glad that NC rejected the $1.5 billion in Federal Medicaid since NC would have ultimately had to pay it back. With the state already facing a $450 million shortfall in its upcoming budget, adding even more deficit spending would mean less money (including no raises) for teachers and other state employees, less money for education and highways, fewer prisoners incarcerated due to overcrowding, higher taxes for NC taxpayers, harm to the already fragile Obama economy on the state level, and a health care system that would be even more screwed up had NC expanded Medicaid. Frankly, I miss the days, pre-2009, when $45 a month got me adequate, less complicated health care coverage instead of the $138 I now spend per month for sub-standard and reduced care since “hope and change” was rammed down our throats by unconstitutional and unpopular means.

  • Jeff

    Looks like typical political retribution from the Obama Administration. I shouldn’t say too much because I might find myself being audited by the IRS.

  • John Smith

    It is Obama’s fault like everything else that ever happens. In the meantime roll that fat lady in the picture down the hill and I assure you she will clear out anything blocking the road.

  • Jennifer

    It totally amazes me that millions of supposedly educated people who blame everything on Obama. I think our country needs to re-educate themselves in civics 101…the president does not write or judge the laws and rulings in this country. If there are laws and policies you do not like, blame it on your congressman not the president. He only signs them into law after the house and Senate both approve them. Do we need to start showing schoolhouse rock commercials again? “I’m just a bill yes I am only a bill and I’m sitting here on capital hill….”

  • Bo Diddley

    Jennifer, ever heard of an Executive Order? Wiki it. Then you will see this president has used and mis-used this power more than any other to get around Congressional and Judicial authority.

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