Nearly six months after Hurricane Florence caused devastation in the east, we’re getting a clearer picture of the storm’s impact.
Specifically when it compares to Hurricane Matthew.
In Kinston, there were 3,252 FEMA applications for Matthew compared to 1,756 with Florence.
This is according to Kinston Area Recovery Efforts also known as K.A.R.E.
Now, as local agencies work with impacted residents, some groups and programs in Kinston are reaching out to other areas still struggling in Florence’s wake.
In the coming weeks, K.A.R.E. will begin hosting volunteers from all over the United States.
Groups are coming from across North Carolina, Ohio, Massachusetts, Maryland, Illinois and Kentucky.
One of the hardest hit areas by the storm is Trenton in Jones County.
K.A.R.E. is working with the group Jones County Rise to help residents affected.
K.A.R.E. is acting as the group’s fiscal agent. Organizers say Jones County Rise recently received its first check of $22,500.
The money is from the Golden Leaf Foundation.
In other Florence related news, Endeavors which is based in Jacksonville and provides services for storm victims has secured a state contract to provide case management services in 14 local counties in the future.
The role was previously filled by Lutheran Services.