McCrory to ask for $200 million in special session for emergency relief

Pat McCrory and the NCGAGov. Pat McCrory will request approximately $200 million in tomorrow’s special legislative session to help affected North Carolinians recover from Hurricane Matthew and wildfires, but it hasn’t been made clear what that figure is based on.

McCrory’s Office did not respond Monday to a request seeking information about which localities have requested emergency funding or which ones had sent the Governor’s Office letters of intent to seek relief.

Julia Jarema, a spokeswoman for North Carolina Emergency Management, said she did not know what localities had asked for money. She also did not follow-up to two requests to get that information, and said she didn’t know which agency would have it.

“I don’t know that there’s any one [specific request], but I know the need is great,” she said Friday.

In the last two months, the governor’s Hurricane Matthew Recovery Committee held five regional meetings throughout the state to hear feedback from those impacted.

McCrory outlined five areas related to recovery that he will request the legislature take up at the special session, and said they came directly from input by impacted communities throughout the state.

Kellie Blue, finance director in Robeson County, which was impacted by Hurricane Matthew, said the County sent a letter of intent to seek relief to the Governor’s Office.

She said the County was still trying to gather data, and that she knew it would need millions but didn’t have an exact number yet. The formal request for relief will be made through FEMA, and then will trickle down to the state, she added.

President Barack Obama signed legislation over the weekend that should provide $300 million in federal funds for the state’s hurricane recovery, according to the Associated Press.

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