99 percent of Hurricane Matthew aid requested by NC denied by federal government

Flooding in Fair Bluff, NC - Jody Johnson

RALEIGH, NC  — The State of North Carolina requested $929 million from the federal government to help with costs associated with Hurricane Matthew, but the state will be getting far less than that, according to announcement by Gov. Roy Cooper.

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North Carolina will receive only $6.1 million from the Trump administration. That’s 99 percent less than the requested amount.

Cooper said he was disappointed in the Trump administration and Congressional leadership in Washington. The governor had worked with Sen. Thom Tillis and Representatives David Price (D) and Rep. David Rouzer (R) in April to come up with a request to Congress to help cover the costs associated with the destruction left by Matthew.

The $929 million requested would have been used to “help communities and families fix homes, repair businesses and recover from the historic flooding,” Cooper said.

“Families across Eastern North Carolina need help to rebuild and recover, and it is an incredible failure by the Trump Administration and Congressional leaders to turn their backs,” said Cooper said in a statement released to the press. “Matthew was a historic storm and we are still working every day to help families return home and rebuild their communities. North Carolinians affected by this storm cannot be ignored by the Trump Administration and Congressional leadership, and I will continue to work with our Congressional delegation to get North Carolina residents affected by the storm the help they deserve.”