KINSTON (WTVD) --Weeks after devastating floods caused by Hurricane Matthew, Gov. Pat McCrory opted to tour one of the areas hardest hit.
McCrory and North Carolina Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry surveyed the damage in Kinston Wednesday morning.
Emergency officials have estimated more than 800 homes and more than 170 commercial buildings may have been flooded after Hurricane Matthew.
Rising flood waters pushed hundreds of residents out of their homes and into shelters. More than 11,000 people affected by the hurricane have received Disaster Food and Nutrition Services benefits cards.
Wednesday is the last day to apply for these benefits. You need to provide proof of identity and proof of residency.
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"Many people feel like their life is gone. We need to do everything we can, as quickly as possible to get these people back on their feet," McCrory said. "But we also have to be patient and understand these are tough decisions that have to be made. Tough financial decisions and tough emotional decisions."
McCrory said he wants a special session of the General Assembly to address recovery efforts in all neighborhoods and counties affected by the floods.
ABC11 held a Hurricane Relief Food Drive earlier this month, and the Food Bank of Eastern and Central North Carolina is still accepting donations.
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