State officials lend a hand for Matthew recovery one year later

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Hurricane Matthew's heavy winds and rain reached North Carolina one year ago this weekend, so Gov. Roy Cooper and his Cabinet secretaries are going to communities affected by the subsequent flooding to lend a hand with the continuing recovery.

The governor and several of his top agency chiefs are spreading out to eastern North Carolina towns and cities Saturday for what's being billed as a "Rebuild North Carolina Day of Service." They'll work with volunteer organizations to help fix and rebuild homes damaged by Matthew's resulting high waters.

Cooper is scheduled to be in Lumberton, while other Cabinet members are going to Fayetteville, Goldsboro, Kinston and Princeville.

The North Carolina Secretary of Cultural and Natural Resources worked alongside volunteers with the Kinston Area Recovery Efforts, K.A.R.E., to help fix-up one woman's home.

"We've been scraping off old paint and putting on new paint," said Reid Wilson, the chief deputy secretary of North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

This house was flooded with 18 inches of water during Matthew and now a year later, there is still work to be done.

"Volunteering is a good thing to do to give back to the community, because you'll never know when you're down and out and need someone to come to your rescue," K.A.R.E. Volunteer Michael Freeman said.

The governor's office sets Matthew's cost at $4.8 billion in damage, with nearly 100,000 homes damaged or destroyed.