RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) — The State of North Carolina requested $929 million in additional funding from the federal government to help with costs associated with Hurricane Matthew, but the state will be getting far less than that, according to announcement by Gov. Roy Cooper.
North Carolina will receive only $6.1 million from the Trump administration. That’s 99 percent less than the requested amount.
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Cooper said he was disappointed in the Trump administration and Congressional leadership in Washington. The governor had worked with Sen. Thom Tillis and Representatives David Price (D) and Rep. David Rouzer (R) in April to come up with a request to Congress to help cover the costs associated with the destruction left by Matthew.
The $929 million requested would have been used to “help communities and families fix homes, repair businesses and recover from the historic flooding,” Cooper said.
Flooding Wreaks Havoc On Eastern NC
“Families across Eastern North Carolina need help to rebuild and recover, and it is an incredible failure by the Trump Administration and Congressional leaders to turn their backs,” said Cooper said in a statement released to the press. “Matthew was a historic storm and we are still working every day to help families return home and rebuild their communities. North Carolinians affected by this storm cannot be ignored by the Trump Administration and Congressional leadership, and I will continue to work with our Congressional delegation to get North Carolina residents affected by the storm the help they deserve.”
"Our experience with hurricanes show us that we need to be ready to handle the next storm"
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Here's the reality. The state says there are still 140 families living in hotels, and many more people displaced, but living with family or friends, still not able to go home.
In Lumberton volunteers are still working to clean up the $7 million dollars worth of mess. In Fayetteville roads are still blocked off after they were essentially washed away. Princeville is dealing with more flooding from recent rain, before they ever even had a chance to recover from Hurricane Matthew. The elementary school is one of many buildings that have been shut down for months. That's what Governor Cooper wants the president to see.
"I've invited the President and congressional leaders to come to North Carolina to see first hand the problems that people are facing, getting into affordable housing, getting their businesses back."
To be clear, this $929 million is a request for additional funding. The state has already received millions of dollars in federal funding for Hurricane Matthew relief, including a nearly $200 million grant in January. Municipalities have also secured federal funding on their own.