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Hurricane Florence Disaster Recovery Act Approved By NC Legislature – $850 Million Allocated For Assistance In 2018

The NC Legislature has approved the 2018 Hurricane Florence Recovery Act allocating $850 million dollars towards disaster recovery after Florence lingered over Eastern NC and Western SC for 5 days causing extensive damage in both states during the month of September, 2018.

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Governor Roy Cooper last week estimated that the cost for Hurricane Florence recovery will likely reach $12.7 billion dollars over 5 years.

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Here are the figures outlined by the NC Legislature:

  • $65 million for the NC Department of Public Safety which matches federal disaster funds.
  • $65 million to the NC Department of Transportation with a 25% match of federal emergency funds.
  • $70 million for NC Agriculture.
  • $50 million for farm repairs and recovery.
  • The University of North Carolina at Wilmington, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, and Fayetteville State University will share $30 million to cover cost of repair to these campuses.
  • $8.5 million to cover enrollment tuition losses related to the hurricane.
  • $5 million will go to NC community college affected by the 2018 storm.
  • $8 million will go to help students enrolled in NC community colleges and public / private universities in affected storm areas.
  • $28 million to help local governments meet disaster cleanup and repairs.
  • $33 million for repairs and assistance to meet housing needs.

The Hurricane Florence Recovery Act figure of $400 million is in part coming from a $850 million dollar set aside from a $2 billion dollar fund the State of NC has for large scale disasters like Florence.

As noted earlier in the article, the $400 million is for 2018, thus expect to see more money freed up to meet the $12.7 billion dollar recovery over the remaining 4 years.

Money approved by the NC Legislature will go to help residents in New Hanover County, Carteret County, and Onslow County where there are still crisis level emergency temporary housing needs for citizens displaced or left homeless by Florence.

Using the comment section below, tell us your thoughts on this act and where other money is needed for recovery?


We wrote this article 15 months ago and we are interested in hearing how this act helped you or your business locally. Here in Carteret County, there are still businesses and people who are trying to recover from this storm, so we are interested to hear about how federal and state money helped with this disaster.

What did the NC Legislature get right and what did they get wrong in the disaster recovery to Florence?

What can the legislature learn about this storm to help mitigate funding to help with aid on any future hurricane that may affect Eastern NC citizenry or businesses?

How did FEMA directly help you?

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9 thoughts on “Hurricane Florence Disaster Recovery Act Approved By NC Legislature – $850 Million Allocated For Assistance In 2018

  • August 23, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    Here it is August of 2021 and I heard on the radio today an ad put out by the legislature offering money to help citizens locally who were impacted by this hurricane in 2018 showing just how impactful this storm was.

    Three years later and there are still homeowners needing help with their properties?

  • December 1, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    Thank you to the NC legislature for passing this act, lord knows we need all the help we can get!

  • October 15, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    I had to leave college to help my mother with Florence cleanup, will this act also cover things like books and loss of student employment? Is there another hurdle to cross after the legislature approved this or is the money free now?

    • October 15, 2018 at 11:17 pm

      tuition was mentioned in the article, but I am pretty sure books will be covered and your student employment should be covered. Let us know what you find out. And yes, once the legislature passed this act the money become available.

  • October 15, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    Good to see this state and federal money going to agriculture and farmers who took a total loss in harvesting crops this year. The loss of crops will add additional damage figures over many years extending the $12.7 set by the Governor.

  • October 15, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    So this act only covers community colleges and tuition help for students in Carteret, Onslow, and New Hanover counties?

    • October 15, 2018 at 10:53 pm

      No, the addition of the 3 counties listed in the article was just a side note. This state money will help all people in North Carolina affected by the hurricane.

  • October 15, 2018 at 10:44 pm

    Maybe my math is off, or I don’t understand. $850 million over 5 years is only $4.3 billion of the $12.7 the Governor says is needed. Trust me, I don’t have a problem with immediate state money needed for this disaster but where is the other money going to come from?

    • October 15, 2018 at 10:48 pm

      There is also a federal match to the money the legislature allocated, so basically the total of $850 million multiplied by 1.75 since there is only a 25% match in the area of public transportation. Plus, there will be other funding sources hopefully that arise. I know emergency housing here in Carteret County is desperately needed as people are being evicted from large apartment complexes, many of whom are low income and very vulnerable.


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