In 2016, Hurricane Matthew decimated the southeastern United States and parts of the Caribbean.
One state in particular, North Carolina, was deeply affected by the storm.
The category five storm had winds of 91 mph, and water levels rose past 5 feet, completely destroying local piers. The state had over 14 inches of rainfall which caused major flooding.
The rain was falling at the rate of 7 inches per hour. The government issued a flash flood warning and river flood warning to the entire state.
The aftermath of the storm was devastating. Government agencies reported 20 fatalities. Farmers lost livestock, buildings were destroyed, and roadways destructed. Many people were also displaced after homes were flooded or washed away.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper worked together on a bipartisan effort with Senator Thom Tillis, Representatives David Price, and David Rouzer to request Federal aid from Congress to the tune of $929 million.
The funding was intended to cover private and public housing repairs, housing elevation, buyout and reconstruction, agriculture, infrastructure and public facility repair, small business support, and health services.
The request was met with $6.1 million in funding from the Trump administration. Just 1% of the funding requested.
Governor Cooper’s office released a statement expressing their disappointment with the decision.
“Families across Eastern North Carolina need help to rebuild and recover, and it is an incredible failure by the Trump Administration and Congressional leaders to turn their backs,” said Cooper said in a statement released to the press. “Matthew was a historic storm and we are still working every day to help families return home and rebuild their communities. North Carolinians affected by this storm cannot be ignored by the Trump Administration and Congressional leadership, and I will continue to work with our Congressional delegation to get North Carolina residents affected by the storm the help they deserve.”
HUD, the US Housing and Urban development agency donated 198 million to North Carolina in December of 2016. According to state representatives, North Carolina has received $300 million in aid from various sources.
Governor Cooper has planned a trip to Washington D.C. to speak to House and state representatives to demand more funding for the state.
Earlier this month, he wrote a letter to President Trump expressing his discontent.