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Additional $1.9 Million Approved for New Bern

FEMA AnnouncementLatest Project Brings Total to More Than $42.4 Million to City

Durham, NC – FEMA and the State of North Carolina are announcing more than $1.9 million to reimburse the City of New Bern for Hurricane Florence-related expenses.

Funds reimburse the City of New Bern for repairs to its water delivery and wastewater treatment infrastructure. The repairs include pumps, sewer and water line pipes as well as other critical components damaged during Hurricane Florence.

The city’s water utility serves 25,000 customers in New Bern and other nearby communities.

FEMA previously approved more than $40.5 million to the city for expenses related to the 2018 hurricane. This funding brings the total to more than $42.4 million.

FEMA’s 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.

Public Assistance is a cost-sharing program. FEMA reimburses applicants at least 75 percent of eligible costs, and the remaining 25 percent 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.

FEMA’s share for this project is more than $1.4 million and the state’s share is more than $484,000.

For more information on North Carolina’s recovery from Hurricane Florence, visit ncdps.gov/Florence and FEMA.gov/Disaster/4393. Follow us on Twitter: @NCEmergency and @FEMARegion4.

Submitted by: Darrell Habisch, FEMA