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Gov. McCrory Tours Storm Damage

Governor Pat McCrory spent Friday morning touring flood ravaged Madison County.  He got a firsthand look at some of the hardest hit areas on the western edge of the county.

He toured the devastation with the sheriff and other elected officials.  Then McCrory met with D.O.T. leaders to discuss roads washed out or blocked by large rocks.  

Along the way he stopped to comfort residents who've suffered damage to homes and crops from the relentless rainfall.  The governor made it clear repairing all the damage is going to take some time.    

Back at the local firehouse News 13's Mario Boone got a chance to ask Gov. McCrory when residents can expect state help.  Replied the governor, "our work crews are out here 24 hours.  The dilemma is if rain continues it's tough to repair something while it's still raining."

Asked about a dollar figure for all the destruction, McCrory said the D.O.T. already spent several hundred-thousand dollars fixing a road that washed out again.  He said the total cleanup cost in the area will be substantial. 

McCrory said he's working to determine if the damage meets guidelines for a disaster declaration. 

Congressman Mark Meadows sent us the following statement about the flooding concerns: "With the widespread flooding that has hit Western North Carolina over the past few days, my main concern is safety for everyone affected.  Our office is monitoring the situation on an hour-by-hour basis and ready to work with state and federal agencies to assist the impacted counties."

By: Mario Boone,
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