As Matthew's anniversary nears, Gov. Roy Cooper visits battered town

Gov. Roy Cooper (Twitter photo)

Hurricane Matthew pummeled eastern North Carolina with winds and rain a year ago this weekend. On Tuesday, Gov. Roy Cooper was back in the region to talk about future recovery plans and a community destroyed by river flooding.

Cooper also participated in a roundtable discussion Tuesday in Edgecombe County, not far from Princeville, which was submerged by both Matthew in 2016 and Hurricane Floyd in 1999.

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The state now plans to purchase some land a couple of miles from Princeville's current boundaries so town services and others can avoid future Tar River flooding. Cooper visited that land and also a Princeville resident who recently moved back home after the storm.

About one-third of the 750 single-family homes in Princeville had major damage from Matthew.