Gov. Cooper 'Shocked' Over Small Amount For Hurricane Matthew Aid

Gov. Cooper 'Shocked' Over Small Amount For Hurricane Matthew Aid

4:57pm May 10, 2017
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on Feb. 21, 2017 in High Point, North Carolina. Keri Brown/WFDD

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper is urging Congress and the Trump Administration to reconsider North Carolina’s request for additional funding to help with Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts. State officials say the amount approved by the federal government isn’t enough to meet their needs.

Cooper has written the Trump administration and congressional leaders to express disappointment over the failure to meet the state's request for $900 million. Instead, they’ll receive about $6.1 million.

A statement from the Democratic governor's office Wednesday said Cooper worked with North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis and Reps. David Price and David Rouzer on compiling the additional funding request to Congress.

In his letter, Cooper wrote that more than 82,000 households have registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for help. He said families displaced by Hurricane Matthew are still staying in hotels because of a lack of rental and low-income housing.

Cooper also invited President Trump to North Carolina to see storm damage firsthand.

In December, Congress authorized more than $300 million in aid to North Carolina. But State Emergency Management officials say at the time, they were still in the process of assessing damage from the deadly storm that caused excessive flooding and devastated much of eastern and central North Carolina.

As of now, the state emergency management office says $1.4 billion in state and federal funding has already been allocated for recovery efforts.

They say damage from the storm is estimated at $4.8 billion.

*Follow WFDD's Keri Brown on Twitter @kerib_news

 

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