Boiling Spring Lakes: Only 40% of recovery completed since historic hurricane


BOILING SPRING LAKES, NC (WWAY) — Now since the storm, one community is slowly but surely getting back on its feet.

Alton Lennon Road, a major road into Boiling Spring Lakes, is still broken completely in half months following Hurricane Florence last September. Residents say it basically cut the city in half.

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“I’m a Floridian,” Anne Scudieri sad. “I’ve seen a lot of hurricanes, but all of them put together couldn’t have been like this.”

Scudieri never imagined she would look out her back door to see such desolation.

It’s been six months to the day since historic hurricane destroyed the Boiling Spring Lakes dams and roadways.

“I would say, with the devastation that Hurricane Florence brought to this part of the state, I’d say we’re probably better than I thought we’d be at this point,” City Manager Jeff Repp said.

Repp says they are around 40 percent done with recovery, but with $21 million of damage he says they still have around two years to go. $18 million of that damage lies in the dams.

“All of the dams will be built to a better standard than they were prior, because they were 1960 dams,” Repp said. “They’ll have to meet 2019 standards, and FEMA will assist you in making those upgrades.”

Repp says he expects to be done with all repairs but the summer of 2020. He says it will take time, but he hopes to get fully reimbursed with the help of FEMA and the state.​

“Everybody wants it and they’re going to do the best they can with what they have. It won’t be too long before we some activity out here, one kind or another,” Scudieri said.

Repp says they are expecting some FEMA reimbursement checks to start rolling in soon.