Matthew recovery continues in region

Raleigh – N.C. Emergency Management on Wednesday announced that 18 homeowners across central and eastern North Carolina — including six in Bladen County — soon will receive $2.7 million in federal and state funds to acquire, elevate or reconstruct homes damaged by Hurricane Matthew.

“This latest round of funding assistance is welcome news for families who need help rebuilding their homes and getting their lives back to normal,” said state Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry. “We are very pleased to see this funding become available and we’re doing all we can to get it to people in need.”

This is the fifth award of Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and will help more homeowners move into more resilient homes. This round of funding will be used to reconstruct three homes, elevate four homes and acquire 11 properties so the homeowners can find housing outside the floodplain.

The HMGP awards include:

Bladen County — $938,444 to reconstruct three homes and acquire 3 properties.

Columbus County — $243,216 to acquire one property.

Duplin County — $648,390 to acquire four properties.

Sampson County — $611,512 to acquire three properties and elevate two homes.

Town of Smithfield — $299,292 to elevate two homes.

In the past two months, NCEM has announced awards of $24.4 million in hazard mitigation grants to help 168 homeowners in impacted counties.