FEMA unfreezes $110 million in funding for Hurricane Matthew recovery

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Monday, October 2, 2017
Hurricane Matthew has created many needs across eastern NC.
Hurricane Matthew created many needs across eastern NC.

NORTH CAROLINA (WTVD) -- FEMA has lifted a $110 million funding freeze, allowing Hurricane Matthew recovery projects to continue in North Carolina.

The freeze was put in place to ensure adequate emergency funding in the immediate aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

"FEMA protocol freezes long-term projects immediately after major disasters to ensure enough cash on hand to meet life-threatening needs," said North Carolina Congressman Robert Pittenger, "This is why President Trump and I fought to pass Hurricane Harvey funding on September 6th and full-year funding for FEMA on September 14th. There were some who attempted to score political points on those votes, but the responsible decision was to fund FEMA and enable North Carolina's recovery to continue."

Eastern North Carolina residents who need assistance with FEMA or other federal disaster assistance programs can contact his office at (910) 303-0669.