Emergency managers discuss Matthew recovery efforts

WINDSOR, N.C. (WNCT) — North Carolina Emergency Management director Michael Sprayberry met with Windsor officials Monday for an update on the rebuilding progress after Hurricane Matthew six months ago and the work that’s still needed.

They are working very hard to be resilient, to rebuild in a better and more effective way,” said Sprayberry. “And that’s what we are trying to do here is being good partners to the local folks.”

Sprayberry toured with town leaders to see flood-damaged properties.

David Jennette, who owns Timberlands Unlimited, just finished moving his business from King Street to his own home last week.

“I can’t keep buying flood insurance, and I can’t keep buying sheetrock and losing work,” Jennette said.

Jennette presented his own ideas for solutions to the council before last year’s floods.

“There are several places here that could be dug underneath the causeway there and let additional water pass,” Jennette said. “Cause every gallon of water that gets south of the bridge is a gallon of water that doesn’t flood the town.”

Bertie County Commission Chairman John Trent said it’s Jennette’s attitude they like to see, but it’s outside help they have to have.

“We gotta have some answers,” said Trent. “We gotta have the state step up. We have to have the federal government step up. We gotta have people come in here and say OK, this is what we can do to help the people of Bertie County.

Many say it is just a waiting game right now, but with hurricane season coming up, it’s now or never to make a change.

The town of Windsor has already received $90,000 for recovery.

Sprayberry said during this process they are hoping to bring in more recovery funds.


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