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Wilmington Gets $3.6M for Drainage Repairs

A view of Wilmington from above. Photo: File

Wilmington will be reimbursed more than $3.6 million for Hurricane Florence-related expenses for repairs to various flood control systems including culverts, drainage channels and retention basins.

The state and the Federal Emergency Management Agency are announced Monday the reimbursement. FEMA’s share for this project is more than $2.7 million and the state’s share is more than $905,000. FEMA has approved more than $31.1 million in Hurricane Florence-related expenses for the city.

“We appreciate the support of our federal and state partners as we continue to make the needed repairs to our stormwater drainage system that was overwhelmed by unprecedented rainfall during Hurricane Florence,” Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo said in a statement. “This support allows us to make these repairs and maintain a healthy savings account, a key part of our ongoing emergency preparedness strategy.”

The Public Assistance program 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 amount is covered by the state. The federal share is paid directly to the state, which disburses funds to agencies, local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations that incurred costs.

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