State leaders to wrap up public input for Hurricane Matthew recovery this week

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Almost two months after historic flooding hit the East in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, state leaders are getting close to finalizing a plan for long-term recovery.

The Governor’s Hurricane Matthew Recovery Committee has visited several communities across the state to assess damage and hear from people impacted. Wednesday, the committee comes to Greenville.

Committee member Sidney Locks lives in Greenville and says the committee is working to restore homes, businesses, and roads, but it’s about more than just that.

“We really need to identify ways to prepare this state, especially in this area here in which we live, for knowing how to be ready for it because it seems like it won’t be long before we have this kind of devastation again,” Locks said.

During these, various representatives hear from community members about the issues they’re still facing.

“One of the biggest problems we’re seeing across North Carolina is that people who are not very literally are having just real critical problems with being able to get assistance,” locks said.

The final regional meetings will be held in Greenville and Kinston this week. The Greenville meeting is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the East Carolina University Heart Institute Building at 115 Heart Drive. The meeting in Kinston will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Friday in the Waller Building at Lenoir Community College, 231 Highway 58 South. These meetings are open to the public.

After wrapping up these meetings, the committee will come together to make final recommendations to Governor McCrory. McCrory plans to call a special legislative session in December to finalize a budget for Hurricane Matthew assistance.

Recovery efforts also continue in Lenoir County Wednesday. Community members are invited to voice their concerns at a meeting at the Woodmen Community Center located at 2602 W. Vernon Avenue at 6 p.m. There will be representatives from FEMA, North Carolina Emergency Management Mitigation Section and a host of city and county officials.

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