"We're going to have a lot of work to do in
Though Hurricane Matthew came through the state on Saturday, the heavy rains it brought continued to push down the Tar and Neuse rivers in
McCrory said the death toll rose by two on Thursday as one man fell into a hole created by an uprooted tree in
The death toll could climb further.
On Thursday morning,
Information from Faircloth's cell phone usage and other leads prompted the sheriff's dive team to search a body of water near the 55 mile marker off
McCrory also warned that the state will not reopen all roads as soon as water recedes because they may be too damaged to be safe. He toured
McCrory says the hurricane's impact could last as long as a year for those who lost homes and businesses. He said a top priority is getting those displaced out of shelters and into hotel rooms or rental properties, and then into housing provided by the
McCrory said 60
After visiting shelters, McCrory said, "I have never met more resilient and thankful people" who are bearing up even though "it's their whole lives they feel like they've lost."
On Wednesday evening, the
The trooper was identified as Sgt.
There have been 2,300 rescues performed since flooding in the hurricane's aftermath forced people out of their homes. Eighty have been air rescues by the
While some on the coast and other areas where the floodwaters have receded began to return to homes and assess the damage,
Then it could be another week, according to some models, before the waters recede to normal levels.
The flooding in Hurricane Matthew's aftermath has struck a blow in some of the state's more impoverished regions. Many of those being forced to find temporary housing lack flood insurance and other benefits they will need as the waters recede, and they face new problems from tainted water systems and moldy housing. Many suffered similar losses after Hurricane Floyd.
"The people being impacted the most are the poor," McCrory said in
About 1,000 people gathered at the
Beyond the immediate and pending emergencies,
McCrory said he requested federal assistance for individuals as well as state and local governments for 66 counties. By Thursday morning, homeowners and renters in 17 counties were able to apply for federal assistance to repair or rebuild damaged homes, and 34 counties were approved for public federal assistance.
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