Disaster recovery center opens in Elizabethtown

By: Alan Wooten - Bladen Journal

ELIZABETHTOWN — Residents needing to complete their ReBuild NC application for aid recovering from Hurricane Matthew have a new place in Bladen County from which to file.

The new application center is open at 5853 U.S. 701 North. ReBuild NC, the state’s Community Block Grant Disaster Recovery program commonly referred to as CDBG-DR, provides funding to applicants for housing repairs, homeowner reimbursement and other housing-related issues.

Before going, residents should call 211 to schedule an appointment at the center. It is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays and Wenesdays; from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

During the appointment, housing specialists are available to assist applicants with completing and submitting a program application. On average, applications take about two hours to complete. For a checklist of documents to bring and more information on the application process, go online to rebuild.nc.gov/apply.

Those who have already applied for the CDBG-DR program do not need to reapply, although they may check on the status of their application by calling 211. Those accepted into the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) do not need to reapply.

Hurricane Matthew made landfall in South Carolina as a Category 1 storm Oct. 8, 2016, eventually coming through Bladen County and causing an estimated $4.8 billion damage statewide to homes, businesses, public facilities, agriculture and roads. Thirty-one deaths were attributed to the storm and its aftermath. Some communities in the state received up to 18 inches of rain and five rivers — the Cape Fear, Lumber, Neuse, Tar and Cashie — flooded and remained at flood stage for two weeks.

Nearly 100,000 homes were damaged or destroyed, 20 dams were breached and more than 660 roads were closed by wind and flooding.

Swift water rescues were made for 2,336 people.

Alan Wooten

Bladen Journal