KINSTON, N.C. (WNCN) – The people of Kinston have a long road to recovery, but now with most of the town dry, they’re starting to make strides.
Wednesday, Gov. Pat McCrory visited the town to view the damage days after the flood waters from Hurricane Matthew receded.
Gov. McCrory said there are three major things he and his office are working on: starting a capital fund for housing and possibly small businesses; open closed bridges and roads; and finally, figure out how to rebuild Kinston and other North Carolina towns.
CBS North Carolina spoke to Walter Poole, a Kinston native, who owns several residential and commercial properties in Lenoir County. Poole said he does not have flood insurance.
“We’ve had our hands full with restoration,” he said. “We’ve had a number of teams to help us try and expedite this as quickly as possible. My real concern is for people that have subsidized housing, nowhere to go, moved out. They’re anxious to get these places completed, and this is not something that can be done overnight.”
After visiting a Kinston neighborhood, Gov. McCrory participated in a ribbon cutting at Neuse Sport Shop. The business suffered severe water damage, but reopened Wednesday morning.