Hurricane Matthew caused serious damage to the State of North Carolina back in October 2016. It generated devastating floods all over the central and eastern coast leaving invaluable material damage. Naturally, The State of North Carolina requested financial help from the federal government to help with the cost associated with the hurricane. The requested recovery help was in the amount of $929 million according to an announcement by Gov.Roy Cooper. However, North Carolina will receive only $6.1 million from the Trump administration, which is 99 percent less than the requested amount.
Cooper immediately expressed his disapproval and disappointment in the letter he addressed to the federal government. He was shocked by the lack of understanding about the damage Matthew has caused.
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.
Cooper is very vocal about the disappointment he feels towards the decision of the Trump’s federal government. Here’s an excerpt from his official press release statement:
“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. “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.”
He also included a summary of all of the requests made by the federal government in the official press release. The summary included house repairs, housing elevations, agriculture improvements, public facilities, small businesses, and health:
– Housing Repairs: $166.6 million to help homeowners with repairs, $63.7 million to repair rental housing, and $15.2 million to repair public housing
– Housing Elevation: $434 million for buyout, elevation, and reconstruction of 3,962 properties that flooded during Matthew and are at risk for future flooding
– Agriculture: $92.6 million to cover losses for farmers not covered by the USDA such as livestock, farm equipment, and feed
– Public Facilities: $43 million to repair public facilities and retrofit infrastructure like storm drains and sewer lines to prevent future damage
– Small Businesses: $39 million to help 691 small businesses
Health: $37 million to support health and mental health services for storm survivors and to help with repairs to health care facilities, child care centers, and social services agencies
He used his official public statement to invite federal officials to come and tour together around the damaged places.
“I…invite you to visit North Carolina and see the devastating impacts of this disaster first hand,” he wrote in the letter. “Our citizens and communities are struggling, and will only be able to make a full recovery with the aid of much needed federal assistance.”
A spokesman for Sen. Richard Burr released a statement that read:
“The bipartisan North Carolina congressional delegation worked to secure more than $300 million in federal assistance for Hurricane Matthew and is committed to making sure the people of North Carolina have the resources they need for hurricane recovery. Hurricane recovery has always been and should continue to be above partisan finger pointing. Senator Burr encourages both Democrat and Republican leaders to work together to ensure that those suffering as a result of a natural disaster get the support they need.”
CBS informs that the department analyzes the overall situation and allocates the available funds appropriately across the country.
North Carolina already got $198.5 million from HUD way back in December. Unfortunately, that is not enough. HUD also stated that a lot of funds were delivered to Louisiana which was also under a flood in the past.
The North Carolina senators publicly stated for CBS that the congressional delegation has secured more than $300 million in disaster funding for the state.
You can read Cooper’s letter to the administration here.
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