Gov. Pat McCrory was whisked away to the Sampson County Operations Center Friday afternoon, just moments after his helicopter landed in the parking lot of the Agri-Exposition Center in Clinton.
An emphatic McCrory stressed how devastated eastern North Carolina is following Hurricane Matthew, which has left death, destruction, flooding and power outages across some 32 counties, including Sampson.
The governor came to Sampson via Tarboro, where he had toured some of the devastated areas in that part of the state, including Princeville, which is said, was basically under water.
‘It’s been a hard week for our citizens and for everyone involved,’ McCrory said about the past seven days in the state. “There’s devastation everywhere. It’s hard to imagine it all until you see it.”
On hand to greet the governor was Sampson County Sheriff Jimmy Thornton, Clinton Mayor Lew Starling, Clinton Police Chief Jay Tilley and a bevy of law enforcement officers, including N.C. Highway Patrol troopers who served as the governor’s escort.
McCrory was to visit the EOC and talk to officials there about the damage experienced in Sampson, where dozens of roads remain closed and a good portion of the southern end of the county remains closed off, with many residents still without power or the means to get beyond their borders.
See a full story on the governor’s visit here on our website, and get more details in Sunday’s edition of The Sampson Independent.