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Bladen County News

FEMA Update: Storm survivors can now start applying for federal disaster assistance

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Survivors in North Carolina with property damage from the April 16 storms and tornadoes may apply for grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other disaster assistance. Full story...
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Students at West Bladen High School rush to help storm victims

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"It started on Sunday morning at 8:30 and hasn't stopped. The donations continue to come in at West Bladen High School for victims of the April 16 tornados in Bladen County." Full story...
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Obama declares parts of North Carolina a disaster

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President Barack Obama is declaring a major disaster for parts of North Carolina after last weekend's tornadoes. Full story...
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Tornado outbreak is NC's most active on record

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The National Weather Service says at least 25 tornadoes touched down across North Carolina this past weekend, making it the state's most active outbreak on record. Full story...
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Governor requests disaster declaration as death toll from storms climbs

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Gov. Bev Perdue this morning submitted requests to President Obama and US Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack asking them to declare a disaster in 18 counties in North Carolina. This comes after Gov. Perdue visited nine of the most heavily damaged counties and personally witnessed the property loss and agricultural damage wrought by Saturday’s tornadoes and severe storms. Full story...
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State faces massive cleanup as death toll rises to 22

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From remote rural communities to the state's second-largest city, thousands of residents hit by the worst tornado outbreak in nearly 30 years were clearing away rubble and debris, repairing power lines and facing a recovery that will cost tens of millions of dollars. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: FEMA will not help Bladen Co. storm victims unless area is declared federal disaster area

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Individual assistance damage assessment teams covered the county yesterday. These teams were made up of FEMA and State personnel. They did a quick assessment of the damages and returned to Raleigh to total the dollar amounts. It is our understanding that FEMA will not return until this event is declared as a Federal Disaster. Full story...
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NC agency warns storm victims about burning debris

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State officials are reminding homeowners and contractors that it is illegal to burn logs, branches and other debris resulting from tornadoes that ripped through North Carolina over the weekend. Full story...
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Disaster clean-up in Bladen County, several without homes

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video With so much destruction in Bladen County from Saturday's severe storms and tornadoes, there's a lot to clean up. Full story...
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NC extends tax deadlines for victims of tornadoes

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North Carolina's tax collectors are providing a break for victims of severe weekend weather who had yet to file their 2010 returns. Full story...
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NC price gouging law in effect for areas affected by storms

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North Carolina's consumer protection experts can investigate allegations of price gouging in at least 18 counties and cities that were affected by Saturday’s storms, Attorney General Roy Cooper said Monday. Full story...
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Three dead after tornado hits Ammon

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video More than 20 people are confirmed dead throughout the state after severe storms hit Saturday. The small community of Ammon in Bladen County lost three people to a tornado producing winds more than 100 mph. Full story...
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More than 800 homes damaged or destroyed in NC

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Officials say at least 800 homes in North Carolina were destroyed or damaged by the vicious storm system that killed at least 21 people in the state. Full story...
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Gov. Perdue: Never seen anything like storm toll

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Gov. Bev Perdue says she's never seen anything like the destruction caused by a storm system that claimed at least 21 lives statewide. Full story...
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Gov. Perdue tours destruction in Bladen County

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Governor Bev Perdue came to Bladen County to witness the damage herself. She says right now, 22 are confirmed dead and 80 more are seriously injured in the state. Full story...
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