President Obama has declared 13 counties in western North Carolina a major disaster area because of flooding, mud slides and landslides that occurred there in in July.
The president ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts. Federal funding will be available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations.
The counties covered by the declaration are Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Jackson, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Watauga, and Yancey and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
W. Craig Fugate, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency(FEMA), named Michael Bolch as the Federal Coordinating Officer for the federal recovery operations in the affected area.