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Bald Head Gets $3M for Sand Project

An aerial view of Bald Head Island. Photo: File

The Village of Bald Head Island will be reimbursed $2.9 million for hurricane- and tropical storm-related beach damage expenses.

Hurricane Florence’s storm surge damaged the Village of Bald Head Island’s beach and eroded sand, according to an announcement Tuesday from Federal Emergency Management Agency and the state.

FEMA’s share for this project is more than $2.1 million and the state’s share is more than $730,000. The funds include reimbursing the replacement of more than 215,000 cubic yards of sand on Bald Head Island.

The state now has received more than $109 million for 2018 storm-related beach projects, according to FEMA. In addition to Bald Head Island, Emerald Isle, Holden Beach, Indian Beach, Pine Knoll Shores and Topsail Beach have been approved for beach restoration funding.

FEMA’s Public Assistance is a cost-sharing program that provides grants for state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations to reimburse the cost of debris removal, emergency protective measures and permanent repair work.

FEMA reimburses applicants at least 75% of eligible costs, and the remaining 25% is covered by the state. The federal share is paid to the state, when then disperses funds to agencies, governments and approved private nonprofit organizations that incurred costs.

For more information on North Carolina’s recovery from Hurricane Florence, visit Hurricane Florence 2018 and North Carolina Hurricane Florence.

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