Nearly $32 million in federal money is headed to North Carolina to help recover from Hurricane Matthew, which devastated the state in October 2016.
U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson announced on Tuesday that an additional $31.86 million will be given to North Carolina to help the state recover from severe flooding. That money is in addition to the $6.1 million HUD awarded the state in May.
Gov. Roy Cooper requested $929 million for Hurricane Matthew relief at the time – and expressed his “shock and disappointment” with the Trump administration for the small amount.
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The state has received hundreds of millions from the federal government for recovery and repairs from Hurricane Matthew, which caused $4.8 billion in damages when it hit eastern and central North Carolina in October.
A total of $179 million was announced Tuesday through HUD’s Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Program to support hard-hit areas in Florida, West Virginia, Texas and the Carolinas.
So far, HUD has awarded nearly $947 million in grants.
“Clearly, there are hard-hit communities in these states that need more help to recover from the devastating floods they experienced over the past two years,” Carson said in a statement. “Today, we make another investment in the future of these communities and to help our neighbors in need.”
The grants support housing redevelopment, help for businesses and infrastructure repair. State and local governments that receive the money will use it in the most impacted areas, according to a HUD news release.
The grants are based on a statutory formula that measures unmet costs to repair seriously damaged properties and infrastructure in the most affected counties.
Staff writer Brian Murphy contributed to this story.