RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded slightly more than $336 million to North Carolina in response to damage caused by Hurricane Florence last fall.

Gov. Roy Cooper says that the funding announced on Tuesday falls short of the state's needs and is calling for Congress to pass additional disaster relief legislation. Cooper says in a news release that "far more is needed to help North Carolinians rebuild their lives and communities."

Florence caused $22 billion in damages in North Carolina last September and was directly responsible for 15 deaths.

The governor's office announced Monday that eight communities that were hard hit by Florence will get $2.7 million from the 2019 state Rural Housing Recovery Fund to help address affordable housing shortages.