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Gov. Cooper asks Congress for $8.8 billion in Florence recovery aid

Holland’s Shelter Creek Restaurant in Burgaw. It flooded in Hurricane Floyd in the 1990s, and...
Holland’s Shelter Creek Restaurant in Burgaw. It flooded in Hurricane Floyd in the 1990s, and now Hurricane Florence destroyed it for a second time.(Jeff Holland)
Updated: Nov. 28, 2018 at 5:18 PM EST
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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina’s governor is asking Congress for more federal funding to recover from Hurricane Florence, saying the total $8.8 billion requested is comparable to the help Washington has provided for other disasters since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Gov. Roy Cooper on Wednesday asked congressional budget-writers and the state’s congressional delegation to provide another $6.3 billion in federal recovery funds on top of the $2.5 billion already expected.

If approved, the federal funding would make up for about half the total $17 billion in damage from September’s historic rains and flooding.

The state has already committed $850 million. The General Assembly this week is discussing a plan to add another $300 million to help rebuild damaged schools and compensate farmers whose crops and livestock were destroyed.

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