- Associated Press - Monday, January 30, 2017

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Gov. Roy Cooper says eastern North Carolina needs to rebuild in a thoughtful way after Hurricane Matthew’s devastating floods, even as short-term aid comes to still-displaced victims.

Cooper talked about housing and other relief efforts Monday visiting a Fayetteville disaster recovery center and touring a local neighborhood where damaged homes are getting rehabilitated.

The new governor says more than 1,000 families still remain in hotels after the October storm, including 200 in Cumberland County. Cooper’s office says state and federal officials are meeting Tuesday to discuss innovative ways to help with post-Matthew housing.

Eastern North Carolina is already slated to receive several hundred million dollars in government aid. About 82,000 households have asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency for help, and $90 million in grants have been awarded.

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