COOPER: $16.5 million in grants, loans headed to governments impacted by Florence

RALEIGH, NC (WITN) - Millions of dollars in state grants and loans are headed to Eastern Carolina governments impacted by Hurricane Florence.

Gov. Roy Cooper says $16.5 million has been awarded in the latest round of money given out through the North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency.

The grants are for short-term help with everyday operating expenses for governments that were hard hit by the hurricane, while the no-interest loans are for local governments waiting on federal reimbursement funds for hurricane repairs.

Grants of $500,000 were given to Atlantic Beach, $1 million to Jones County, $450,000 to Maysville, $370,000 to Emerald Isle and $405,000 to Trenton.

Loans of $2 million went to Jones County, Pamlico County, and Emerald Isle.

"Communities are working hard to rebuild and many need financial help to get through this difficult time," Gov. Cooper said. "These funds are available to towns, cities and counties so they can continue to meet the needs of their residents as they recover from Hurricane Florence."

So far, $24.5 million has been handed out to local governments through the program