"We know people are frustrated," Cooper said during one of four stops in the county, where 117 families still were living in hotels as of Thursday, after being displaced by flood waters from the hurricane five months ago. "We know they want to get into a more permanent housing solution."
Like many rural counties,
Cooper has said the state will ask for additional federal funds, but the request is still being prepared.
The storm and the flooding that followed it were blamed for 28 deaths in the state and an estimated
Besides asking for more appropriations, Cooper said he would ask the state legislature to rescind a restriction it enacted in 2013 that allows federal Community Development
More than 80,000 households have registered with
Officials know that many of those whose homes were flooded will rely on the help of non-profits to rebuild.
"We have 26 beds, and they're all occupied," Harvell said as Cooper walked into a county-owned building where office cubicles have been converted into stalls for single beds. Except for the beds and the governor's entourage, the room was empty; during the day, volunteers are out on assignment, repairing houses. The group also is working in
"There's a reason we call it long-term recovery," said Harvell, who told the governor that the Methodists expect the work to take up to five years.
Cooper also stopped in to visit the temporary
Cooper dropped in during reading time in
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