Sept. 26, 2019
DR-4393-NC NR 183
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$1.8 Million Approved to Acquire Flood-prone Properties, Minimize Disaster Damage
DURHAM, N.C. — The State of North Carolina and FEMA are announcing more than $1.8 million to eliminate flood risks at certain repetitively damaged properties in Duplin County following Hurricane Florence.
The funds will acquire 17 residential structures in Duplin County to convert them to open spaces and conserve natural floodplain functions. Natural floodplains help to minimize disaster-related property damage and expenses because they slow runoff, absorb floodwaters and control erosion.
FEMA reimburses 75 percent of eligible costs and the remaining 25 percent is covered by the state. FEMA’s share for these projects is more than $1.3 million and the state’s share is approximately $460,000.
The federal share is paid directly to the state to disburse to local governments.
FEMA previously approved $23 million to acquire 155 other flood-prone properties in North Carolina following Hurricane Florence.
The agency provides funding for property acquisitions through its Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. HMGP funding encourages states and local governments by funding projects to help communities eliminate or reduce disaster-related damage.
FEMA’s mission: Helping people before, during and after disasters.