Flooding after Hurricane Florence Sept. 18, 2018, in Topsail Beach. Photo: Topsail Beach

The state is asking for feedback on a proposal to spend a new allocation of $34.6 million in mitigation funds related to Hurricane Florence.

The North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency will accept comment until June 27 on the substantial action plan amendment 2 of North Carolina’s U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant-Mitigation Action Plan. The draft amendment is available for review.

The proposed amendment details how to use the funds to offer property buyout and incentives to applicants in areas that the state and communities have determined are at high risk of future storm impacts. the new allocation brings the total to more than $202.6 million available to the state to fund property buyout and buyout incentives, develop plans and other activities as described in the action plan.

The public is encouraged to submit comments by email to publiccomments@rebuild.nc.gov. Comments may also be submitted by mail to NCORR Public Comments, P.O. Box 110465, Durham, N.C. 27709.

Gov. Roy Cooper established the state Office of Recovery and Resiliency after the September 2018 Hurricane Florence to streamline disaster recovery programs statewide and help communities rebuild smarter and stronger.

The office administers programs that support homeowner recovery, affordable housing, mitigation, strategic buyout, local government grants and loans, and pandemic-related rent and utility assistance. To date, North Carolina has invested more than $3.6 billion in state and federal funding to support recovery from hurricanes Matthew, Florence, Dorian and Isaias. 

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