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Hurricane Fran is Officially "Closed"

By Michelle Bliss

03-09-11 – After more than 14 years of work...and paperwork...the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management has closed Hurricane Fran.

Fran pounded the coast of southeastern North Carolina back in September of 1996, causing 37 deaths.

In response to the destruction, the state and federal governments gave more than $420 million in recovery grants across North Carolina.

Emily Young is Assistant Director of Recovery Operations. She remembers life after Fran.

"Children were out of school for about a week. There were some places that didn't have electricity for some time. I had gas; my family all had electricity, so they went to my house to cook. So, it actually took us back, I won't say primitive, but it took us back to recognizing those things that were truly important."

Young's office received word early this year that FEMA has officially closed their work on Fran.

For the remainder of 2011, Young and her team will work on closing other storms, including Frances, and Ivan, which both hit western North Carolina, along with Isabel.

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