Resiliency & Hazard Mitigation Plan
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Hurricane Florence roared ashore along the eastern North Carolina coast in September 2018 causing catastrophic damage to the Carolinas. In New Bern alone, the storm is responsible for approximately $100 million in residential and commercial damages, mostly due to flooding. Since the storm, the City has sought many grants to repair and restore infrastructure, replace city equipment, and improve New Bern's resiliency. Florence was just one of many storms to cause significant damage to New Bern. In early 2020, the City undertook a bold new effort at flood mitigation and resiliency planning, and began working with consultant partners Moffat & Nichol, NEMAC + Fernleaf and The Craig Group to develop a multi-phase, long term resiliency and hazard mitigation plan. Our hope is the plan will become a model for other coastal communities.
The Resiliency & Hazard Mitigation Plan was presented to the Board of Aldermen in March 2022 (click this link to see the meeting video). The presentation included remarks by our consultant, Moffat + Nichol, as well as a public hearing. After the hearing, the Board of Aldermen adopted the plan, which will be a living document to include future updates and amendments as resiliency implementation and infrastructure are added. The adoption of the plan will allow city staff to pursue local, state, federal and other funding sources for implementation.
We'd like to extend our thanks to the residents of New Bern for providing valuable input during the planning process. The Resiliency & Hazard Mitigation Plan is available for viewing and public comment. Click on this link to view the plan and provide your public comment by emailing us here.
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Understanding Flood Risk
For more information about relevant data sources and other tools for understanding flood risk, including the effects of storm surge, coastal flooding, and sea level rise, please visit the following state and national websites:
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