FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Gov. Roy Cooper has announced that North Carolina will receive a federal grant of more than $12 million to expand crisis counseling services to Hurricane Florence survivors in 28 counties.

The Fayetteville Observer reports that the grant is from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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Cooper's office said in a news release on Friday that the grant will continue a counseling program called Hope 4 NC that began after Hurricane Matthew hit North Carolina in 2016.

The release says the program helps storm survivors obtain long-term counseling, housing support, and other social services.

Hurricane Florence struck in September. More than 40 people died in North Carolina from the storm.

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