Fayetteville gets grant to correct drainage issues after Matthew

Posted June 5
Updated June 6

— A Rocky Mount-based foundation has given Fayetteville another $1.8 million to help clean up after Hurricane Matthew.

Golden LEAF, which doles out economic development grants from money the state gets each year as part of a national settlement with cigarette makers, awarded the city $1.2 million for hurricane cleanup. The latest grant will help correct drainage issues.

"There's an area over back behind Eutaw Shopping Center [where] the infrastructure is pretty complex, but it's also very old. So, we're going to go back in and take some of this money to rebuild that system completely," Mayor Nat Robertson said Monday.

Kathy Degarmo said flood water from Little Cross Creek during the hurricane wiped out her car.

"I hit high water over behind the Eutaw Shopping Center, and it took out my little car. I pushed it out of the water myself," Degarmo said.

About half of the grant will be used for the drainage system, with the other half going to clean up debris that accumulated in several creeks and streams after the hurricane. The money cannot be used on projects where Fayetteville can get reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

"I hope they get all of the debris out of the drainage areas and everything because you can see it's probably blocked up over there right now," Degarmo said.

Fayetteville also applied for an $800,000 grant to construct a permanent second way into and out of the King's Grant subdivision off Ramsey Street, but Golden LEAF didn't approve that request.

Shawcroft Road, the main entrance to the subdivision, was damaged by Hurricane Matthew and repaired by the city. Robertson said he hopes FEMA will reimburse the city for it.


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