Governor working to get Hurricane Matthew flood victims into housing

Thursday, November 3, 2016
Governor gives update on Matthew aftermath
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Gov. McCrory gave an update Thursday on Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- Governor Pat McCrory said Thursday his main Hurricane Matthew recovery goal is to help get folks displaced by the flooding into permanent housing.

About 240 people are still in shelters with another 1,500 in temporary housing. Over 200 washed out roads are still closed.

McCrory plans to call a special session on hurricane relief early next month. He's aiming for Nov. 14 to ask Congress for supplemental federal disaster assistance for North Carolina.

A contract has been signed to get folks into mobile homes. FEMA says more than 165 mobile homes from North Carolina manufacturers are available for hurricane victims and there could be more.

"I'm extremely proud to announce that we've received direct temporary housing authority from FEMA, which is another step to help get more people out of shelters and into temporary housing as we work on long-term solutions. The residents that'll be eligible for this temporary housing authorization and using mobile homes will be in Columbus, Edgecombe, Robeson, and Wayne Counties," McCrory said.

The Governor says in the coming weeks crucial decisions will have to be made on whether to rebuild certain areas affected by the hurricane. Those choices will be made in conjunction with FEMA

A total of 28 people have died due to the storm. McCrory said Thursday a person in Pitt County died helping with repair of facilities.

Water system for Lumberton should be repaired this week.