McCrory: Matthew relief efforts progressing in eastern, central NC

Workers with the City of Lumberton use boats to travel down West 5th Street to the cities water treatment plant through floodwaters caused by rain from Hurricane in Lumberton, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Mike Spencer)

RALEIGH, N.C. (WAVY) — Gov. Pat McCrory on Tuesday cautioned residents in North Carolina to be aware of dangerous conditions as areas of the state look to recover from Hurricane Matthew.

“Although floodwaters are receding and relief efforts are making progress, all residents and visitors need to remain vigilant in areas that were impacted by Hurricane Matthew,” McCrory said in a Tuesday news release.

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Matthew tore across North Carolina earlier this month, causing widespread damage and thousands of power outages.

The death toll from Matthew in North Carolina currently stands at 26. More than 1,000 residents are currently staying in 21 shelters throughout the state.

North Carolina officials say federal assistance is available for 27 counties, and more than $21 million in  funding has already been approved.

Officials say more than 500 roads remain closed in central and eastern portions of the state because of damage or flooding. North Carolina Highway 12 suffered heavy damage from flooding and overwash during Matthew.

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The number of outages statewide had been reduced to 600 Tuesday from a peak of more than 800,000.

Officials say rivers in North Carolina should be below flood stage by Monday, Oct. 24.

Donations to the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund for Hurricane Matthew can be made by texting NCRECOVERS to 30306 or by visiting NCDisasterRelief.org.