- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Details of the legislation approved by the state House on Tuesday that would spend $201 million to address disaster recovery following Hurricane Matthew in eastern North Carolina and wildfires in the mountains:

- $20 million to the state’s Housing Trust Fund to help working families who didn’t receive enough federal funds to rebuild homes.

- $9 million to the Division of Emergency Management to provide short-term housing needs for displaced residents.

- $11.5 million to emergency management to help counties affected by Hurricane Matthew with “resilient redevelopment planning” designed to help communities such as Princeville and Fair Bluff rebuild in ways to discourage future damages.

- $66.2 million for matching funds needed to participate in federal disaster assistance programs.

- $10 million to the state’s disaster relief fund.

- $25 million to the Golden LEAF Foundation for loans for small businesses damaged by the disasters and for grants to local governments to help construct sidewalks, wastewater systems and other projects that support new residences outside the 100-year flood plain.

- $10 million to the Department of Commerce’s rural development division for grants to local governments to help construct sidewalks, wastewater systems and other projects that support new residences outside the 100-year flood plain.

- $10 million to the Department of Environmental Quality for wastewater system repairs and dam safety and to help local government mitigate flooded burial sites.

- $25.5 million to the North Carolina Forest Service for wildfire response expenses and timber restoration.

- $12.2 million to the Division of Soil and Water Conservation for stream debris removal and non-field farm road repairs.

- $250,000 to the Department of Agriculture for dike repairs at the Cherry Research Farm in Wayne County.

- $1 million to the state Fire Marshal’s Office for grants for volunteer fire department repairs.

- $250,000 for the Department of Commerce to assess the need for business assistance funds.

- Prohibition of state funds to construct any new residences within the 100-year flood plan, with some exceptions.

- Schools that were closed in October due to Hurricane Matthew and subsequent flooding only would have to make up two instructional days.

- Requirement of monthly reporting by the state budget office about the use of the funds.

- Directs the $201 million to come from the state’s savings reserve account and unspent funds attributed in part to higher than anticipated tax collections so far this fiscal year.

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Source: North Carolina House, Disaster Recovery Act of 2016.

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