‘We’ve got 24 families that are grieving,’ McCrory says

TARBORO, N.C. (WNCN) – Gov. Pat McCrory confirmed Friday two more deaths in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, bringing the in-state total to 24.

Click for more images of Matthew and its aftermath
Click for more images of Matthew and its aftermath

One of the new deaths was in Lenoir County with the second coming out of Johnston County.

The governor spoke Friday afternoon from Edgecombe County to give an update on the state’s recovery in the week after Hurricane Matthew.

He said recovery and rebuilding is going to be very difficult and long process.

A small bit of good news was the Tar River has crested in Princeville, a town McCrory said is 80 percent underwater. The town’s city hall has water almost up to its roof.

A major concern for Princeville is the raw sewage that is now flowing in the water at Princeville.

“There’s no way I’m going for a boat ride right now,” McCrory said.


He commended the Princeville fire chief that was underwater for a minute during a rescue operation.

McCrory called the chief “a hero.”

Several hog waste lagoons flooded but none have breached, McCrory said.

The Department of Environmental Quality is flying over the lagoons to ensure none will overflow.

A total of 300 FEMA workers are on the ground in North Carolina taking part in the recovery process.

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