01.09.20

Princeville to Receive $39.6 Million for Flood Mitigation Project, Army Corp of Engineers Announces

Long-awaited funding to reduce the risk of flood damages in Princeville, North Carolina

Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced the allocation of $39.6 million for a critical flood and storm damage reduction project in Princeville, North Carolina.

Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) welcomed today’s announcement.

“After the historic damage inflicted by recent hurricanes, it’s clear that it’s not enough to simply rebuild,” said Senator Burr. “We have to rebuild in a way that applies the lessons of the past to mitigate future risks. This $39.6 million from the Corps of Engineers will do just that by increasing the elevations of highways and installing additional levees around the Tar River. I applaud the Corps of Engineers for prioritizing this long-needed project so we can better protect Princeville families and businesses.”

“Since Hurricane Matthew caused mass flooding in eastern North Carolina, I have been working with Senator Burr on resiliency measures to protect our state from future storms,” said Senator Tillis. “I want to thank the Administration for committing nearly $40 million for flood and storm damage reduction efforts in Princeville. I am proud of the progress we’ve made to recover from these devastating storms and these funds will ensure North Carolina continues to get the relief it deserves.”

Background:

In May 2019, Senators Burr and Tillis supported the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act, which provided $19.1 billion in additional emergency funding to states impacted by recent hurricanes, wildfires, floods, and other natural disasters.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers allocated $39.6 million to Princeville’s flood risk management project. Specifically, this funding will be used to better mitigate flood risks by increasing the elevations of highways and installing levees around the Tar River.