North Carolina gets $51M in federal aid for storm damage

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Damage to I-40 over Gordon Road after Hurricane Florence. (Sept. 15, 2018)

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina will get some much-needed money to help with mounting repair costs the state has incurred in response to devastating hurricanes and other storms.

The Federal Highway Administration said in a statement Tuesday that North Carolina would get $51 million for the cost of repairing roads and bridges.

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Most of the money is for damage incurred by Hurricane Florence in eastern North Carolina last year. There’s also money related to the damage from a 2018 storm that caused landslides in western North Carolina.

Steve Abbott, a spokesman for the North Carolina Department of Transportation, said by phone that the money provide some relief for the storm-ravaged state. North Carolina has recently incurred hundreds of millions of unanticipated storm costs.

Overall, the FHA awarded $871 million to states and territories.