McCrory seeking $1B from Congress for Matthew relief, repair

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Pat McCrory is asking North Carolina’s congressional delegation for help getting a little over $1 billion from the federal government to help with repairs and recovery after Hurricane Matthew last month.

McCrory released Monday what he’d like Congress to approve for the state following the record flooding he says hurt 30,000 businesses and caused more than $400 million in crop losses. More than 3,700 people were in shelters at the height of the storm.

Most of the governor’s request — $810 million — would be a block grant designed in part to build replacement and rental housing for displaced residents, improve wastewater systems and provide grants and loans to small businesses. Other funds would improve dams and navigation channels and repair farming infrastructure.