Grants for Hurricane Matthew recovery projects are awarded


RALEIGH - State grants totaling $10.25 million have been awarded to several communities in eastern North Carolina, including ones in Greene and Pitt counties.

In a press release from the NC Department of Commerce, the grants will go to help improve drainage, repair sewer systems and replace waterlines. The grants are a small part of a larger effort to help the areas impacted from the hurricane. The communities that will receive money include:

-- Snow Hill in Greene County will receive $244,310 to relocate and replace the existing pump station No. 6 with a pump station constructed outside the adjacent floodplain. -- Greene County will receive $52,863 to replace part of a water line and place it below the drainage system and Contentnea Creek tributary crossing. -- Farmville in Pitt County will receive $75,000 to replace collapsed storm drainage piping and catch basins on Wallace Street that failed and caused localized flooding during Hurricane Matthew. -- Ayden in Pitt County will receive $187,100 to replace and redirect collapsed and failing storm sewer piping that caused localized flooding and sink holes during Hurricane Matthew. -- Winterville in Pitt County will receive $270,000 to elevate and rebuild the control system for a local sewer lift station, as well as $1,094,000 to replace an inadequate stormwater culvert that caused flooding during Hurricane Matthew. -- Bladenboro in Bladen County will receive $126,720 to support the removal of trees, storm debris and sediment clogging the main drainage system in the town. -- Elizabeth City in Pasquotank County will receive $475,532 to replace sewer infrastructure for the Parkview Interceptor project.

"Many North Carolinians are still on the road to recovery from Hurricane Matthew, and these grants will help communities with key efforts to rebuild," Governor Roy Cooper said in the press release.