Lawmakers OK disaster relief funds


Staff Writer

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

The U.S. House has approved more funding for disaster relief, which should help Twin Counties residents recovering from last year's devastating Hurricane Matthew.

The House passed a bill that could result in millions of dollars more for Hurricane Matthew recovery in North Carolina, said U.S. Rep. David Price, D-4th District. He’s the only House member from North Carolina serving on the Appropriations Committee. He also serves as the ranking democrat on the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee.

“I’m pleased the House has passed a disaster relief appropriations bill providing critical resources for states and territories battered by hurricanes, flooding and wildfires,” Price said. “At my urging, the bill includes a provision ensuring that North Carolina will receive $63 million in additional funding for ongoing Hurricane Matthew rebuilding and relief efforts.”

The funding is part of an $81 billion disaster relief package to address recent disasters. This funding would be divided among several states and territories hit by recent disasters including North Carolina, Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and California, Price said in a statement.

Funding for North Carolina could include approximately $63 million that the state could use to repair more storm-damaged homes or buy out or elevate homes in locations likely to flood again.

Gov. Roy Cooper is applauding the bill.

“In North Carolina, we know how much time, effort and money it takes to recover from a major storm, and we appreciate the efforts of Rep. Price and the North Carolina delegation to secure more help for our people,” Cooper said. “This important bill could potentially help North Carolina repair or buy out hundreds more homes damaged by Hurricane Matthew, while also helping states and territories across the country recover from the devastating hurricanes and wildfires of 2017.”

The bill requires approval by the U.S. Senate before it can become law.