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Video: Eight months after Hurricane Matthew, North Carolinians still struggling to rebuild

 

Today is the 8-month anniversary of the day Hurricane Matthew first hit North Carolina’s shores. It flooded the Eastern part of the state, causing $2.8 billion in damage and unsettling the lives of many North Carolinians. Eight months later, their lives remain unsettled. Many are still living in hotels all over Eastern North Carolina. Their children are at unfamiliar schools. Employees and business owners can’t get back to work.

Robeson County was one of the hardest hit areas of North Carolina. Many people are still waiting to hear if FEMA will help rebuild their homes, and there is still a great need for places like the Free Relief Store. Adrienne Kennedy, a full-time volunteer at the Free Relief Store, is still living in a hotel room herself, but it hasn’t stopped her from connecting people in Robeson County with the help they need. The Free Relief Store hands out donations of food, clothing, furniture and more, and it connects people with information about services that they don’t hear about anywhere else.

Adrienne and the other folks in this video are just a few of the people we’ve talked to all over the Eastern part of the state who are still in limbo after Hurricane Matthew.

North Carolina has only allocated $200.9 million in state funding for disaster relief assistance. The joint budget allocates only $100 million more, contingent on the passage of a separate bill. With the federal government giving less than 1 percent of the requested $929.4 million needed to rebuild Eastern NC, these numbers fall far short of what is needed to rebuild the lives of these North Carolinians. It’s time for lawmakers in North Carolina to commit to investing what is needed to rebuild the lives of these North Carolinians.

Find out more at http://www.ncjustice.org/hurricanematthew.

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Hoy conmemoramos el octavo mes desde que el Huracán Matthew primero golpeó las costas de Carolina del Norte.  El huracán inundó la parte oriental del estado causando $2.8 billones en daño y descolocando las vidas de muchos Norte Carolinos.  Ocho meses después, sus vidas siguen desarregladas.  Muchos todavía están viviendo en hoteles por todas partes del Este de Carolina del Norte.  Sus hijos asisten escuelas extrañas.  Empresarios y empleados no pueden regresar a sus trabajos.

El condado de Robeson fue una de las áreas más afectadas en Carolina del Norte.  Muchas personas todavía esperan saber si FEMA asistirá en reconstruir sus hogares, y todavía existe una gran necesidad de tener almacenes socorristas como el “Free Relief Store.”  Adrienne Kennedy, que es una voluntaria de tiempo completo en el almacén Free Relief Store, todavía sigue viviendo ella misma en un cuarto de hotel, pero eso no la ha impedido en conectar a las personas en el condado de Robeson con la ayuda que necesitan.  El almacén Free Relief Store distribuye donaciones de alimentos, ropa, muebles y más, y conecta a la gente con información sobre servicios que de otro modo no conocerían.

Adrienne al igual que las otras personas en este video solo son unas cuantas personas con quienes hemos podido hablar por toda la parte oriental del estado quienes todavía están en el limbo después del Huracán Matthew.

El estado de Carolina del Norte solamente ha asignado $200.9 millones de fondos estatales para proveer asistencia de auxilio en caso de desastre. La Cámara de Representantes y el Senado solamente asignaron $100 millones adicionales, pero aun esa cantidad dependería de la disposición o promulgación de otra ley. Con el gobierno federal dando menos de un por ciento (1%) de los $92.4 millones requeridos para reconstruir la parte oriental de Carolina del Norte, estos fondos quedan muy lejos de la cantidad necesitada para reconstruir las vidas de estos Norte Carolinos. Ya es hora de que los legisladores en Carolina del Norte se comprometan a examinar lo que se necesita para poder reconstruir las vidas de estos Norte Carolinos.

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