• Residents with storm-damaged homes could get financial help

    By: Torie Wells


    ALBEMARLE, N.C. - Betty Carpenter remembers the storm that ripped through Albemarle in June like it was yesterday. It's hard to forget when she looks around and there is damage that is still visible.

    "It's a slow pace to get all the houses fixed and all the debris up," said Carpenter.

    And for some, it's costly. That is why Gov. Pat McCrory has requested a federal disaster declaration for Stanly, Anson, Cabarrus, Montgomery, Rowan and Union counties.

    If the Small Business Administration grants that declaration, declaration, then home and business owners would be able to apply for low-interest disaster loans to help pay for repairs.

    "It would be great. There are so many people around what we call the Mill Hill that don't have insurance," said Merle Britt, from Albemarle.

    Britt owns the home Carpenter lives in. A tree came through the roof during the storm. Everyone was safe. Four other homes he owns and rents out were damaged as well. He says so far, he thinks his insurance will cover everything. But that's not the case for everyone he knows.

    "They do not have the money to fix it," said Britt.

    "A lot of these people are going to need help," said Dimpie Hathcock, from Albemarle.

    Hathcock says he considers himself lucky. The home he rents needs the roof fixed and the yard cleaned up. The owner is working on that. He says he's glad he's now been able to move back in after staying with a friend for a few weeks.

    "I'm happy to be home. I just hope everybody else is back home," he said.

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