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More Hurricane Matthew Funding Approved by U.S. House, Gov. Cooper Announces Disaster Relief Bill Would Help North Carolinians Continue to Recover from Hurricane Matthew

RALEIGH

Governor Roy Cooper today applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for approving a disaster relief bill that could result in millions of dollars more for Hurricane Matthew recovery in North Carolina.

The funding is part of an $81 billion-dollar disaster relief package that passed the House today to address recent disasters. This funding would be divided among several states and territories hit by recent disasters including North Carolina, Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and California, according to Congressman David Price’s office. See Congressman Price’s statement for more information.

“In North Carolina, we know how much time, effort and money it takes to recover from a major storm, and we appreciate the efforts of Rep. Price and the North Carolina delegation to secure more help for our people,” Gov. Cooper said. “This important bill could potentially help North Carolina repair or buy out hundreds more homes damaged by Hurricane Matthew, while also helping states and territories across the country recover from the devastating hurricanes and wildfires of 2017.”

Funding for North Carolina could include approximately $63 million dollars that the state could use to repair more storm-damaged homes or buyout or elevate homes in locations likely to flood again.

The bill requires approval by the U.S. Senate before it would become law.

 

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