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McCrory Signs $200M Recovery Bill

RALEIGH — Gov. Pat McCrory signed a $200 million disaster recovery bill into law yesterday to aid in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew and wildfires in the western part of the state.

Another disaster recovery bill is expected to be passed next year. Lawmakers said the current bill will cover expected needs until then.

According to a press release from the McCrory administration, highlights of the Disaster Recovery Act of 2016 include:

  • $29 million for short-term housing not covered by Federal Emergency Management Agency or grants.
  • $40 million for local governments to fund repairs to water and sewer systems, roads, sidewalks, drainage and residential infrastructure, among other local needs.
  • $5 million for economic development and stabilization to help affected businesses.
  • $11.5 million for sustainable community rebuilding.
  • $76 million to cover the state share of disaster relief to directly help residents and replenish the state emergency response and disaster relief funds.

McCrory said funding for short-term housing was important because federal funding for hotel stays would end in early January.

The bill also prohibits the use of state funds to rebuild homes within the 100-year floodplain.

McCrory signed the bill in his home, the executive mansion in Raleigh, surrounded by mayors, legislators, members of his Hurricane Matthew Recovery Committee and Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry.

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