McCrory declares state of disaster for Kitty Hawk

By on February 14, 2013

Flooding in northern Kitty Hawk after Sandy. (Rob Morris)

Flooding in northern Kitty Hawk after Sandy. (Rob Morris)

Gov. Pat McCrory signed an executive order Wednesday declaring a state of disaster for the town of Kitty Hawk to help the community recover from devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy last fall.

“While much of North Carolina was spared from Hurricane Sandy’s wrath, Dare County, particularly Kitty Hawk, was hard hit,” McCrory said. “We want to do everything we can to help them recover.”

The Type I state disaster declaration enables impacted communities to seek state funds to recoup costs spent responding to or recovering from a disaster.

In this case, the town of Kitty Hawk will receive state financial assistance to reimburse them for emergency protective measures and debris removal.

State funds will cover 75 percent of the costs, while local funds will pay for the balance.

To qualify for state funding assistance, local government disaster-related expenses must exceed an established threshold. The town of Kitty Hawk surpassed that threshold.

Hurricane Sandy edged past the state Oct. 27 through 30, damaging dozens of homes and businesses in Dare County.

After the storm passed, damage assessment teams from North Carolina Emergency Management and the U.S. Small Business Administration worked with local officials to survey the damage.

A U.S. SBA loan center opened last fall to help homeowners, renters and business owners recover from the hurricane.

Read the disaster declaration here »

Bookmark and Share



February 15, 2013 9:46 am

Jackie….Ill watch you go swimming right near the outfall when they put that in, every see the signs in KDH or NH about it being hazardous to swim near one?


February 15, 2013 9:11 am

Question for RICK — so we get one claim for flooding ..does the same hold true for the folks in the central part of the country with Tornado’s ? What about the folks on the west coast with the earth quakes or forest fires that wipe out entire blocks of homes ?? Think before you speak .

Jackie Harris

February 15, 2013 8:49 am

It is time for the State, and Town to put in an Ocean Outfall system to reduce the amount of time to remove the Water from between Hwy’s. The Tree huggers/enviro will try and block it as they did when DOT tried to put one in to reduce the flooding on the Bypass. It is time to Do It


February 15, 2013 8:00 am

Steve nailed it! The new Gov A REPUBLICAN! came in & got THE JOB DONE!


February 14, 2013 9:09 pm

Before you criticize our new governor, he has been in office since January. The last governor, Bev Perdue, had October, November and December to have made the declaration. I would say McCrory is doing a much better job than Perdue.

David Hunt

February 14, 2013 3:32 pm

Myself and many others that I know had extreme losses from the storm. As of this date, I don’t know ANYONE that has gotten a penny from FEMA or the SBA. All this State money is going to the town. Business owners and residents have been left on their own. Insurance Companies try deny all claims due to the fine print in the policy.

The Town Of Kitty Hawk, Police, Fire and Public Works did an OUTSTANDING job of dealing with all the Challenges they and the residents faced. They deserve our thanks and any help they get from the state.


February 14, 2013 2:23 pm

Here y’sll go agsin. go and and live in a real live flood area becasue anytime you do flood all your neighbors and other smarter people in NC wilol bail your stupid butts out. NC needs a law that says that ob=nce you make one flood claim YOU DO NOT GET TO MAKE ANOTHER such claim on your neighbors ot the states dime.


February 14, 2013 12:40 pm

What took so long? The storm was in October and the Governor is just getting around to declaring a state of disaster now?

Join the discussion:

You must login to post a comment.

Not registered? Create an account.