McCrory talks Matthew recovery funding at Pitt County visit

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Governor Pat McCrory and the Hurricane Matthew Recovery Committee visited Pitt County Wednesday to discuss available funding and when it’s coming to the area.

When the recovery committee visited, it was an opportunity for community members to voice their concerns.

Community member Gloria Potter said she has had enough of hurricanes.

“We want to go,” said Potter. “We want a buyout. We want to find some place high and dry. At our age we just don’t think we can deal with another hurricane.”

She has lived in her house off Cedar Drive in Greenville for decades, raising her children and building memories. But after Hurricane Matthew, she said she is done.

“Our stomachs turned every single day,” Potter said. “We couldn’t eat, we couldn’t sleep. It was just slow water torture watching it come up the road to our home.”

In 1999, Hurricane Floyd dumped several inches of water in their home, leaving Potter and her husband homeless for three months.

Many questions were asked, including whether homes can be bought out and if more funding can become available.

McCrory said temporary housing will be set up for multiple counties including Pitt, Edgecombe and Lenoir counties.

He said it’s going to take time, but his goal is to find long term plans and solutions.

Potter just wants one thing:

“That they will move quickly,” she said. “They won’t drag their feet. We would like to find a home and move out as soon as we can. That’s our goal.”

If you missed the Pitt County meeting, the recovery committee will hold its final public forum Friday at Lenoir Community College.

It will take place at the Waller Building from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

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