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FEMA Grants Available for Home Elevation

Ocean View Road in Avon, an unincorporated village in Dare County, during Hurricane Florence. Photo: Dare County

DARE COUNTY — Year-round residents of unincorporated Dare County whose property has experienced repetitive flooding may be eligible for federal funding to elevate your home to mitigate flood losses.

A meeting on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Flood Mitigation Assistance Grant Program will be 3-6 p.m. Tuesday in Room 238 of the Dare County Administration Building in Manteo. Applications can be submitted at the meeting or obtained by contacting Brent Johnson at 252.475.5628 or brent.johnson@darenc.com.

All applications must be received by the Dare County Planning Department’s Manteo location by close of business on Sept. 27. The county will submit applications to the state and FEMA for review and evaluation. Submission of an application is not a guarantee of funding.

Dare County received notice of availability of FEMA granting funds called Flood Mitigation Assistance Program or FMA, for the elevation of homes in unincorporated area of the county.

The FMA program provides funding — 75% federal and 25% property owner match — to reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings and structures insurable under the National Flood Insurance Program.

Manufactured homes, structures elevated on a piling foundation, or structures used for commercial or rental purposes are not eligible for funding consideration. The structure must have flood insurance coverage in place at the time of application.

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