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N.C.’s Matthew recovery gets more federal attention

From an editorial Friday in The Fayetteville Observer:

It appears that legislation to provide another $300 million in Hurricane Matthew recovery funds is moving quickly through Congress. It’s welcome.

The temporary spending measure, shepherded by Rep. David Price and Sen. Thom Tillis, may win House and Senate approval before the special session of the General Assembly that Gov. Pat McCrory is expected to convene Tuesday.

The federal legislation includes block grants for housing, infrastructure and jobs.

With a large budget surplus in Raleigh, the General Assembly can easily appropriate even larger sums for recovery. We hope our lawmakers will also be generous in funding measures to help the counties devastated by Matthew improve stormwater infrastructure in ways that will minimize damage from similar future storms.

Weather has never been easily predictable, but in recent years, extreme events have become more common.

We may well see more messes like Matthew in our lifetimes, so it makes sense to get ready for them, just as we also would be prudent to plan and build wisely to respect the steadily rising levels of the ocean.

While politicians argue about climate change, the rest of us are living with it.

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