ONSLOW COUNTY, NC (WITN) Governor Roy Cooper visited eastern Carolina Thursday stopping at one of the school systems most heavily impacted by Hurricane Florence.
It was his first time at White Oak High School in Onslow County since students returned to the classroom.
The Onslow County School system saw $125 million in damage. The governor said the state has provided them with $14.5 million so far, and more funding is on the way, but for now, the governor says he was pleasantly surprised by the progress he saw.
Cooper says, "White Oak High School is back at work, students are back in class, they seem excited to be back to school. With a county that has faced so much devastation, I think there's a lot of promise ahead."
Governor Cooper said White Oak has come a long way since he last saw it in late October, but the entire school system has a long road of recovery ahead. At White Oak they're still unable to use the cafeteria but it is expected to be completely repaired before Christmas.
Hurricane Florence will have a slight impact on the holidays for students and their families in Onslow County. Their winter break was shortened by two days, one at the beginning of break, and one at the end.