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Beaufort County commissioners vote to accept FEMA aid after Florence

The 5-2 vote Monday allows Beaufort County Emergency Management to send a letter of intent to get FEMA grants. (Morgan Newell, NewsChannel 12 photo)

After an initial no vote in December, the Beaufort County Commissioners voted Monday to accept FEMA aid following Hurricane Florence.

The 5-2 vote allows Beaufort County Emergency Management to send a letter of intent to get grants. Emergency Management director Carnie Hedgepeth says the two grants are flood mitigation assistance and hazard mitigation.

The FEMA grant helps people with flood insurance with severe repetitive loss and the hazard mitigation grant allows people to raise their homes or get a buyout, both for unincorporated areas.

The decision comes not long after a story we did on Jan. 2 about homeowners Lloyd and Debbie Davis. Their home was severely damaged by Hurricane Florence. They were unable to get FEMA assistance because Beaufort County didn't initially accept the FEMA money.

Commissioners voted 4-3 in their December meeting not to seek money from FEMA. In Monday's meeting, Stan Detherage and Frankie Waters voted for the FEMA aid.

“We has a favorable interest to pursue in this," Hedgepeth said. "It doesn’t guarantee that we’ll get this funding but it allows us to explore it. Put our name in the box and say can we have some of these funds for our residents so for that we’re very excited.”

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