Mon Mar 8, 2021

$1.7 million headed to Columbus to buy out flood-prone homes

A Military vehicle drive along N.C. 130 near Old Dock following Hurricane Florence. Staff file photo by Justin Smith
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More than $1.7 million is headed to Columbus County to purchase homes that have been repeatedly damaged by flooding.

The State of North Carolina and FEMA approved $1.1 million to acquire 12 structures in Columbus County and $623,000 for six structures in Tabor City, FEMA announced Thursday.

Statewide, $19 million will be used to acquire 130 homes and “convert them to open spaces and conserve natural floodplain functions.”

  • Bladen County, $954,000 for five structures
  • Brunswick County, $1.2 million for five structures
  • City of Jacksonville, $1.7 million for 16 structures
  • City of New Bern, $191,000 for three structures
  • Columbus County, $1.1 million for 12 structures
  • Cumberland County, $177,000 for two structures
  • Craven County, $688,000 for six structures
  • Jones County, $6.2 million for 31 structures
  • Moore County, $945,000 for 13 structures
  • New Hanover County, $2.2 million for 11 structures
  • Onslow County, $821,000 for six structures
  • Robeson County, $1.2 million for six structures
  • Sampson County, $1 million for eight structures
  • Town of Tabor City, $623,000 for six structures

“We are grateful for the support of our FEMA partners as we work together to make North Carolina more resilient in the wake of devastating storms,” said Gov. Roy Cooper. “Eliminating flood risks at repetitively damaged properties will help North Carolina continue to rebuild smarter and stronger.”

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 $14.1 million and the state’s share is approximately $4.7 million. The federal share is paid directly to the state to disburse to local governments.

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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.

The state and FEMA continue reviewing additional projects to acquire flood-prone properties and remove them as flood-related threats.

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