ATLANTA, Ga. -- Three projects, one to acquire a health care facility and two to acquire six flood-prone properties in the Town of Boone moved a step closer to reality with today's approval of $3,180,135 in federal and state enabling grants.
The Glenhaven II Nursing Home, which houses 104 residents and employs a staff of 40, is a single-story facility covering nearly 27,000 square feet. The six houses to be purchased are on Morningside Drive near Rocky Knob Creek. Once residents are moved to a safer location, all the buildings will be torn down, according to Eric Tolbert, director of the North Carolina Emergency Management Division (NCEMD).
Tolbert termed the action as "forward-thinking and realistic, one that permits flood-threatened residents to be relocated out of harm's way."
"We're rapidly moving away from the costly damage-repair cycle that has followed natural disasters for so many generations," explained John B. Copenhaver, Regional Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which is funding 75 percent of the project's cost. "Experience proves this is the most cost-effective way of dealing with repetitive chronic flood damage." After the buildings have been removed the sites will be maintained as open space, Copenhaver said.
Tolbert, whose agency recommended the buyouts, said the individual project costs are $2,432,385 for the health care facility, and $747,750 for the properties. FEMA's grant share will come from its hazard mitigation grant program, an initiative that has placed more than $43 million in North Carolina for such projects during the past decade.