ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. -- North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says touring damage in Princeville from Hurricane Matthew's rains flooding the Tar River showed him starkly the challenges ahead for the Edgecombe County town.

McCrory visited Princeville with local leaders Monday morning before holding a news conference outside a disaster recovery center in nearby Rocky Mount. Princeville was founded by freed slaves and chartered in 1885. It also was damaged heavily following Hurricane Floyd in 1999.

Some Princeville residents have returned but others could be allowed back by Tuesday. The governor says many flooded homes and buildings can't be entered due to safety reasons.

Later Monday the governor talked about recovery in Raleigh with U.S. Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis and other members of North Carolina's congressional delegation, along with General Assembly members.