7 coastal NC communities receive money to help prepare for flooding

Chopper 10 captures overhead video of disastrous flooding in North Carolina on Oct. 24, 2016, caused by Hurricane Matthew.

RALEIGH, N.C. (WAVY) — Seven coastal communities in North Carolina will receive grants totaling $100,000 to help prepare for hurricanes, storms and growth.

The North Carolina Division of Coastal Management uses part of its federal funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to support local land-use planning and management projects in North Carolina’s 20 coastal counties.

“These grants will help coastal North Carolina alleviate flooding after hurricanes and big storms, plan for future growth and improve water quality,” Gov. Cooper said. “Recovering from Hurricane Matthew has shown us just how critical it is for local communities to prepare proactively for future disasters, and this state and local partnership does just that.”

Here’s how the money will be distributed:

  • A $20,000 grant to Currituck County to study drainage basins to identify areas vulnerable to flooding.
  • A $17,500 grant to Elizabeth City to create a plan to mitigate flooding in the area.
  • A $17,500 grant to Carolina Shores to produce a flood mitigation manual to aid property owners in reducing flooding.
  • A $15,000 grant to Caswell Beach for a stormwater drainage study to identify alternatives to alleviate flooding.
  • A $15,000 grant to Hyde County to develop a watershed restoration plan to improve water quality in Lake Mattamuskeet.
  • A $7,500 grant to Pender County to update its land use plan policies related natural hazard areas.
  • A $7,500 grant to Swansboro to update its land use plan to include natural hazards and storm recovery efforts.

Governor Roy Cooper’s office said in a news release that the grants were divvied up based on criteria and priorities set by the state’s Coastal Resources Commission. This year’s funding prioritized natural hazard mitigation and storm recovery projects.

For more information about how to apply for funding, go online.