Move Helps Towns Pay for Flood Response
The following news release is provided by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety:
Gov. Pat McCrory has approved a state disaster declaration for the towns of Murphy and Robbinsville to help them recover from flooding earlier this year. The move provides state financial assistance for the two rural communities to help cover the costs of debris removal and pay for emergency services in response to flooding that occurred in mid-January.
Both communities declared local states of emergency January 15 as heavy rains moved through the western part of the state. The storm dumped 8.5 inches of rain on much of the area in less than 24 hours. In Murphy, the heavy rains wiped out water and sewer lines to the middle and high school and damaged the local wastewater treatment plant. In Robbinsville, rain-swept debris piled up along sewer pipes threatening to damage the entire sewer system. The town’s waste water treatment plant also was damaged.
State funds will be used to reimburse the communities for 75 percent of the costs of debris removal and temporary repairs to the water lines and wastewater treatment plant in Murphy. In Robbinsville, the funds will help offset the cost to remove the debris that threatened the sewer system and to pay for emergency staffing at the plant.
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