Matthew panel to meet at RCC

Pat McCrory

RALEIGH — Gov. Pat McCrory’s Hurricane Matthew Recovery Committee will hold its first regional meeting next week in Robeson County.

Regional meetings will be held in areas throughout North Carolina that suffered from the Oct. 8 hurricane. The committee will be taking comments from the public as well as discussing steps to address relief fundraising efforts, community outreach, long-term plans for sustainable communities and developing recommendations to address needs that will not be met by existing federal relief programs.

“It is important that members of this recovery committee get out to the areas that suffered from Hurricane Matthew and hear firsthand from those who have been affected,” McCrory said. “Regional meetings will help the committee prioritize the steps that need to be taken to meet the needs of those impacted and develop long-term solutions to prepare for future natural disasters like Hurricane Matthew.”

The first regional meeting will be Tuesday at Robeson Community College from 1 to 3 p.m. A portion of the meeting will be devoted to taking comments from the general public.

McCrory announced the formation of the committee in late October.

Among those appointed to the committee are Bo Biggs, a Lumberton businessman; Kellie Blue, finance officer for Robeson County and chair of the board of trustees at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke; and Lyl M. Clinard, daughter of the late Hector MacLean, who will represent Lumberton and High Point.

The governor is encouraging individuals and groups to help in the relief efforts by making a financial or other contribution. Monetary contributions to the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund for Hurricane Matthew can be made by texting NCRECOVERS to 30306 or by visiting NCDisasterRelief.org.

While federal damage assessments are continuing, state officials have estimated that Matthew caused $1.5 billion in damage to 100,000 homes, businesses and government buildings, not counting agricultural losses. Lumberton and Robeson County were among the hardest hit areas.

Staff Report