Audit finds $91M unaccounted for as thousands wait for repairs to hurricanes in North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) A brand new federal audit reveals how terribly slow the recovery response was to recent victims of hurricanes within North Carolina.

Troubleshooter Diane Wilson was at a meeting earlier in the month, where lawmakers asked officials about ReBuild NC, which is the state-run program which uses federal dollars to build communities with low incomes that have been affected by storms across North Carolina.

The audit focused on the way North Carolina spent the millions of dollars of disaster aid given for the state from the federal government following Matthew’s hurricane Matthew in October of 2016.

It has been found that only 789 of the more than 4,200 homes that sought assistance following Hurricane Matthew have been fixed completely.Because of this ineffective action, thousands of victims are still homeless as waiting for their state fix their homes.

The audit showed it was found that North Carolina had accepted more than $145 million in disaster aid in 2016, however, to date the state has allocated $54 million for actual repairs.

The audit found it was found that North Carolina had the capacity to manage the funds, but it did not follow the appropriate procurement procedures and requirements.

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