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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER ENCOURAGES HURRICANE MATTHEW FLOOD VICTIMS TO EXPLORE FEMA BUYOUT PROGRAM

WASHINGTON – As part of his commitment to help residents of Cumberland, Robeson, and Bladen counties recover from Hurricane Matthew, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) in December helped secure more than $300 million in disaster recovery assistance funding.

A portion of this funding will be used to buy out flooded properties, elevate homes above flood level, or rebuild as part of the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

“Next week, the state will hold four informational meetings in Cumberland County to explain the program to homeowners.  If your home or business was flooded by Hurricane Matthew, please ask if this special FEMA program could help you,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “If you live in Robeson or Bladen, or you’re unable to attend the scheduled meetings, call my office and we’ll help you make contact with the right agencies.”

North Carolina Emergency Management will hold four community meetings in Cumberland County next week:

·        Monday, February 13th, 7 p.m., South View High School (4184 Elk Rd., Hope Mills)

·        Wednesday, February 15th, 6 p.m., Eastover Community Building (4008 School St.)

·        Wednesday, February 15th, 8 p.m., Westover Recreation Center (267 Bonanza Dr., Fayetteville)

·        Thursday, February 16th, 6:30 p.m., Spring Lake Town Hall (300 Ruth St.)

Congressman Pittenger’s staff is available to help local residents cut through red tape and navigate the maze of federal disaster assistance programs.  Local residents who need assistance with FEMA or any other federal agency should contact Congressman Pittenger’s Fayetteville office at 910-303-0669, stop by the downtown Fayetteville office at 301 Green St., Suite 315, or visit Congressman Pittenger’s Bladen County office hours on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at Elizabethtown Town Hall.

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