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New program created to help North Carolinians recover from Hurricanes Matthew, Florence

People in some of the hardest-hit areas in North Carolina are still trying to rebuild their communities that Hurricanes Matthew and Florence barreled through.
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SOUTHPORT, NC - SEPTEMBER 15: Kim Adams makes her way to her home that is surrounded by flood waters after Hurricane Florence passed through the area on September 15, 2018 in Southport, North Carolina. Hurricane Florence hit the North Carolina and South Carolina coastline bringing high winds and rain. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

NORTH CAROLINA, USA — It's been nearly two years since Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina, and many homeowners are still stuck in the recovery phase.

On Tuesday, state officials announced a new program to help survivors of both Hurricanes Matthew and Florence in the hardest-hit areas of the state.

The Rebuild NC Homeowner Recovery Program, which will help back repairs, reconstruction and elevation of homes that have been damaged by either storm.

The focus of this program will be for low- to middle-income homeowners in hurricane-stricken communities.

Nearly $4 billion dollars has been allotted to recovery efforts since Matthew and Florence devastated parts of the state. Matthew swept through North Carolina in October 2016. About two years later, in September 2018, Florence made landfall there, too.

With this new Rebuild NC program, 18 centers will be opened throughout storm-impacted communities where homeowners can meet with staff.

The state opened up the application process for this new program here.

People who previously applied for assistance through the Rebuild NC Hurricane Matthew program don't need to apply for this program. Those applications will be reexamined using new flexibility that the new program affords.

For more information, you can call 833-ASK-RBNC or contact officials through e-mail.

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