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State Seeks Input on Disaster Mitigation Plan

Updated to include the public hearings dates announced Nov. 18 by Rebuild NC.

ReBuild NC is looking for input on how the state should spend $168 million to assist areas affected by hurricanes Matthew and Florence.

Under federal guidelines, the money can be used to assist areas impacted by hurricanes Matthew and Florence to fund projects that will mitigate and reduce future disaster risks, as well as address the needs of communities impacted by past disasters.

Public hearings will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 3 at Goldsboro City Council Chambers, 200 N. Center St. in Goldsboro and at 6 p.m. Dec. 5 at One Harbor Church, 214 Turner St., Beaufort.

The public can provide comment on the draft action plan until Dec. 23. Comments may be submitted to publiccomments@rebuild.nc.gov or by mail to Attn: Mitigation Action Plan, P.O. Box 110465, Durham, N.C. 27709.

“North Carolinians who have seen unprecedented storm damage over the last couple of years know we must rebuild stronger and smarter. I encourage storm survivors to weigh in during the public comment period so we can continue to get assistance to those who need it,” said Gov. Roy Cooper in a statement.

ReBuild NC is administered by the N.C. Office of Recovery and Resiliency. The draft Action Plan is available for review on the Rebuild NC website or printed copies can be obtained by calling 984-833-4344.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development allocated the funds the Community Development Block Grant-Mitigation funding to the state.

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