The federal government recently set aside $2 million for temporary jobs to help the state recover from Hurricane Irene, and Governor Beverly Perdue addressed the funds during a Chamber of Commerce luncheon Tuesday in Greenville.
Governor Perdue said some of the money will be used to help fund 200 cleanup, repair, renovation and reconstruction jobs for workers dislocated by the storm. Initial estimates have more than 1,100 homes in the state destroyed by the hurricane, and hundreds of millions of dollars in damage. Perdue says the temporary jobs will help with debris removal, which is moving slowly despite everyone's hard work.
"There's still a lot of debris along people's yards and streets - and the debris has just been massive across Eastern Carolina. It's been more than I've ever seen, even from a tornado," said Governor Perdue.
About $750,000 will be released to the state immediately, with the rest of the money available if North Carolina demonstrates a need for it.