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McCrory visits Brunswick, Bladen counties to survey flooding

BOLIVIA, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Pat McCrory says North Carolina was fortunate to avoid the breadth of damages flooding caused in South Carolina. But he says some North Carolina residents — particularly farmers — are hurting after the torrential rains.

McCrory spoke Tuesday about the state’s response to the Carolinas’ flooding at the Brunswick County Emergency Operations Center after a helicopter tour of the region. Brunswick County saw over a foot of rain and faced some evacuations. Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry says it’s too early to know if federal aid will be available.

The governor says North Carolina has sent four helicopters and water-rescue teams and National Guard members to South Carolina.

McCrory met later Tuesday with Bladen County farmers. He says peanut, sweet potato and cotton farmers are facing the biggest troubles.

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