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McCrory: 'My wish is let's help those in need right now'

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NEW BERN, N.C. (WBTV) -

Gov. Pat McCrory held a press conference Monday morning in Craven Monday after visiting flood-affected areas, and provided an update on the ongoing post-Matthew recovery efforts.

"The teamwork and preparation by officials in Craven and Pender counties has helped save lives. While our recovery efforts are going strong, we still have many people who need assistance," McCrory said. "The good news is that most of the rivers have now crested and are currently receding, but we still have a long way to go."

McCrory said storm-related fatalities are at 25 in North Carolina. The death toll was at 26, but one death actually resulted from another circumstance, McCrory said.

Interstate 95 is officially back open in North Carolina, McCrory said, but more than 600 roads remain closed through the central and eastern part of the sate due to damage or flooding.

The governor announced that additional federal assistance is now available for residents Martin,Washington and Tyrrell counties.

"My wish is let's help those people in need right now," McCrory said as he was handed a birthday cake in celebration of his 60th. 

The governor said his main concern is getting people out of shelters and into rental homes or hotels. 

There are currently 28 shelters open in the state. To date, NC has received $17.7 million from the federal government, McCrory says.

North Carolina estimates flooding from Matthew caused around $1.5 billion in damage to 100,000 homes, businesses and government buildings.

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