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Flood Mitigation Outreach Meetings Set

EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA — There are a handful of opportunities ahead for coastal residents to learn more about preparing their homes for future storms and beach re-nourishment efforts.

Emerald Isle staff work Sept. 21 to resolve flooding issues. Carteret County is hosting a workshop on elevating their homes. Photo: Town of Emerald Isle

A Federal Emergency Management Agency presentation on flood mitigation is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at 408 Hancock St., in New Bern. Representatives will review flood maps, share information on property retrofitting and how homeowners, renters and business owners can lessen the impact of future disasters. The specialists will provide information on the National Flood Insurance Program, or NFIP, and possible funding sources for implementing mitigation measures, New Bern city officials announced. Other disaster resources will also be provided. Contact Amanda Ohlensehlen at 252-639-7580 for more information.

FEMA will also host workshops at 1-3 p.m. Thursday at Lumbee Tribe Boys & Girls Club in Pembroke, 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Emergency Operations Center in Laurinburg and at Emergency Operations Center in Lumberton 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 15.

In Carteret County, a hazard mitigation public outreach meeting is scheduled for 5:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City.  Representatives from North Carolina Emergency Management will be on hand to review FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and provide technical advice to individual property owners interested in elevating their homes, the county announced.

Those attending should Property Site Inventory form to bring to the meeting as well as a copy of their elevation certificate, if available. For more information, contact the Carteret County Planning and Development Department at 252-728-8545.

FEMA will hold a community workshop in Leland on the importance of mitigation and the benefits of whole community preparedness 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Leland Cultural Arts Center, 1212 Magnolia Village Way, Brunswick County announced. Topics for the workshops include mitigation measures that can lessen the impact of future disasters, information about the NFIP and a demonstration with local flood maps, information on possible funding sources for implementing mitigation measures, and defining the concept of building safer, stronger and smarter.

One community is going to address the impact storms have on beaches and ways to recover. Surf City town council will hold a beach re-nourishment work session 9 a.m. Jan. 18 at the Community Center, 201 Community Center Drive. T.I. Coastal Services Inc. will present different options for the next step in repairing and nourishing the beach. The work session, which is for informational purposes, will have a public comment period.

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