House bill to shore up flood-prone NC areas gets panel’s OK

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A House committee has approved legislation that would spend $220 million in part to shore up highways, rivers and coastal areas prone to flooding so that North Carolina can better withstand the next big storm.

Some environmental groups also gave their support to the proposed “Disaster Relief and Mitigation Act” before the environment panel voted for the measure on Tuesday.

Historic flooding during Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and Florence in 2018 destroyed homes and businesses near swollen rivers and wrecked dams and lakes.

The bill includes close to $70 million for Lumber River and Neuse River improvements and for land buyouts.

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