State budget director tours Matthew damage in Kinston

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – State budget director Anthony Heath toured homes and businesses in Kinston Thursday morning.

Heath said he wanted to see the damage with his own eyes so he can describe it to state lawmakers when it comes to getting more funding.

“It’s bad for business; it’s bad for families,” said Heath. “We need to try and rebuild eastern North Carolina stronger than it was before.”

Heath toured neighborhoods along Lincoln Street and Morningside Drive, as well as local businesses.

“We are looking at things like the number of homes and businesses and public-owned businesses were damaged or destroyed,” Heath said. “We are looking at what percentage those buildings had insurance coverage and what they had.”

Heath said Gov. Pat McCrory may call a special session in late November or early December to discuss funding.


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