Federal shutdown slowing hurricane recovery in NC
Three weeks into the partial federal government shutdown, the biggest impact on North Carolina so far is a slowdown in recovery efforts following Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael, according to Gov. Roy Cooper's administration.Posted — Updated
Delays in the Federal Register mean North Carolina will have to wait longer for additional Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds promised for hurricane recovery, officials said. The state can continue drawing on existing CDBG-DR funds for which the Federal Register has already published, as long as each draw is under $5 million.
The shutdown also is delaying Department of Housing and Urban Development environmental reviews required to begin infrastructure projects. Although technical assistance for recovery projects continues, guidance from the Small Business Administration and other federal agencies is delayed, and access to HUD experts is reduced.
Federal Emergency Management Agency recovery operations in North Carolina remain mostly unaffected, and the state Division of Emergency Management can support salaries and operations of federally funded positions through existing grants, receipts and appropriations, officials said.
Other state impacts from the shutdown are as follows:
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