Raleigh, N.C. — State officials from several departments briefed lawmakers Thursday on the damage done by Hurricane Mathew and wildfires last year.
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, 28 people in 14 counties died as a result of the hurricane, including 23 who drowned. Other information given to lawmakers included the following:
- 4,100 people sought refuge in 109 shelters that were open across 53 counties.
- The storm did $400 million in crop damage.
- 20 dams either failed or were significantly damaged by flooding from the storm.
Separate reports on the western wildfires showed that it cost $51 million to douse the blazes, including $22.5 million in state spending.
"At one point, there were more than 2,500 personnel battling wildfires in North Carolina from more than 40 states across the nation, including from as far away as Alaska," the report from the North Carolina Forest Service says.