Cooper works to get Florence victims in their own homes

Cumberland County News

SPRING LAKE, N.C. (WNCN) It’s been almost three months since Hurricane Florence hit and some families still can’t get into their homes in Cumberland County.

But the governor says he’s doing something about it. 

“We will have many more families who will get the opportunity to own their home,” said Gov. Roy Cooper.

The governor approved funding to pay for a Fayetteville Habitat for Humanity housing project. 

The project was delayed over a year because there wasn’t enough funding but with more money coming in, crews will be starting work again on what will be known as Oak Ridge Estates. 

Once the new subdivision off of Bunce Road is done, 47 families will have a new house, including families displaced by hurricanes Matthew and Florence. 

But in Spring Lake, families are still waiting to get into their houses after Florence and Matthew ripped them apart. 

“Can you imagine not being able to go home and settle down and watch a football game and have a decent dinner that’s prepared at your house with your family, grand kids coming over? That’s how frustrating it is,” said Bob Blakeley, a Hurricane Matthew and Florence victim. 

The governor saw the damage at the Spring Lake houses for himself and says he’s working with lawmakers to help provide more funding for families in the hardest hit areas.  

“It’s gonna be hard for him (Blakeley) and for other’s like him,” said Cooper,”One of the reasons we went to the North Carolina general assembly is to try to provide some supplemental help for the things the federal government doesn’t cover, In addition we’ve asked for more help from the federal government.”

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