Princeville to get $39.6 million for levee project

— The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers announced Thursday that Princeville will receive $39.6 million for a flood mitigation levee project that has long been needed.

Congressman G.K. Butterfield along with senators Richard Burr and Senator Thom Tillis made the announcement in press releases. Specifically, the funding will be used to better mitigate flood risks by increasing the elevations of highways and installing levees around the Tar River.

Princeville has suffered extensive flooding from Hurricane Floyd, Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Florence.

“I am overjoyed to learn the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will receive nearly $40 million for design and construction of the Princeville levee project,” Butterfield said. “The protection of Princeville and the preservation of its place in our Nation’s history cannot be overstated. The completion of the levee project will ensure the longevity of this historic town for current and future generations.

“I am pleased the Trump Administration recognized the historical significance of the Town of Princeville and the need to protect its residents.”

“After the historic damage inflicted by recent hurricanes, it’s clear that it’s not enough to simply rebuild,” Burr said. “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,” Tillis said. “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.”

Published at Fri, 10 Jan 2020 00:54:03 +0000