OCRACOKE ISLAND, NC (WAVY) — Rep. Greg Murphy says help is on the way for residents and businesses on Ocracoke Island devastated by Hurricane Dorian earlier this month.
In a post on Murphy’s Facebook, he says the Federal Emergency Management Agency alerted him that President Donald Trump approved funding for Hyde County, which will in turn help those impacted.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper’s office also requested assistance for individual citizens.
Hyde County Vice-Chairman of the Board of Commissioners Tom Pahl told 10 On Your Side Cooper had previously withheld the request for individual assistance until they provided more information from the ground.
But now that the request for public assistance is official, he says it will be a big help.
“It’s a relief, but it’s only half of the relief that we need. The next step is to get individual assistance and that’s the one that the people are really anxious about cause you’re talking about people’s lives and their homes and their lack of employment,” said Pahl.
The state is already assisting the citizens affected, according to a statement from Cooper’s office.
10 On Your Side’s Andy Fox got a firsthand look at the devastation this week.