Gov. Cooper tours Charlotte areas impacted by June flooding, loans available for those trying to rebuild

Published: Jul. 14, 2019 at 1:56 AM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper toured storm damaged areas in Charlotte Tuesday following June’s severe flooding.

Flooding along the Catawba River from June 6 storms caused more than $3 million in damage to homes in the area, Mecklenburg County officials say.

Cooper visited Charlotte Fire Department Station 33 Disaster Recovery Center on Mt Holly-Huntersville Road around 1:40 p.m. before touring areas affected by flooding.

Water levels over the dam at Mountain Island Lake reached a record level of 106.9 feet during the storms and Caldwell and Catawba counties were placed under a State of Emergency.

“This is not our house, it’s our home,” a homeowner said to Cooper Tuesday. She says the devastation on Riverside Drive has been life changing.

Several school districts, including those in Catawaba County, Newton-Conover and Watauga County, were also impacted. The rainfall led to what was described as “severe flooding” as well as damage to roads and other infrastructure, hazardous travel conditions, widespread power outages and the need for many water rescues throughout the county.

It’s a big process - one that needs a lot of helping hands. The homeowners, along with local organizations, are hoping the people of Charlotte won’t forget they’re still dealing with the damage.

More than 40 homes were ruined in the flooding, leaving many of the residents homeless for the time being. A handful of homeowners are staying in campers or even tents in their front yard.

On July 3, Cooper signed a state disaster declaration for Catawba, Mecklenburg and surrounding counties, including Alexander, Burke, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, and Union, making additional assistance available to people affected by heavy rains that flooded homes and roads.

For those that need financial assistance with rebuilding their lives from losses in the flooding, the US Small Business Association is offering low-interest loans.

“Right now homeowners and renters can get money at 1.93 percent which is really great,” said Karen Knapik, public affairs specialist with US SBA disaster assistance.

Knapik says the deadline to complete an application is coming up on August 26.

“Complete the application, even if you don’t need the money, but later on down in the future you might,” said Knapik.

As of Tuesday Knapik said they had 80 applications in and 1 loan approval.

If you would like to apply, you can begin the process here.

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