The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced last week that more money is on the way to North Carolina to recover from Hurricane Matthew. Nearly $17 million dollars.
But that news doesn't necessarily mean the money will be spent right away.
Already this year we've learned state leaders have failed to spend a great portion of the money awarded for Matthew recovery and it's been nearly two years since the storm.
That's a long time and many of those affected by the storm still aren't in their homes. Many have chosen to move out of these areas permanently, which will have longer term negative effects on those local economies.
The latest grants will benefit areas like Fair Bluff and Pender County…which sustained some of the heaviest flooding damage.
But why is this taking so long? Lawmakers continue to debate that topic in Raleigh. Just this week Representative Brenden Jones said the governor needs to give the go ahead on this spending.
Consider This: We're failing the citizens of this state if we can't operate efficiently enough to get people the help they need. Getting these communities on the road to recovery is long overdue. It's time to start spending this funding to get these communities the help they desperately need. If you'd like to comment on this or any other segment, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.