Federal officials and Governor Roy Cooper visited a federally funded flood control project in Gastonia on Friday to promote two programs that help communities across the country cope with the effects of climate change.
The $5.9 million project along Duharts Creek was one of 11 in North Carolina funded this year by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). After the tour, officials announced that the money for the two programs had grown to $3.1 billion next year thanks to appropriations from the bipartisan Infrastructure Act.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell joined White House infrastructure adviser Mitch Landrieu at the event, alongside the governor.
Frequent rains and flooding have eroded the banks of Duharts Creek. The grant will help the city use “natural solutions” to stabilize about 8,000 feet of the creek bank and protect utility poles and sewer lines, according to the governor’s office.
“Funding for this Gastonia project and others in North Carolina will help reduce risk to homes and other assets and improve public safety, making our communities more resilient,” Cooper said in a press release.
In addition to Gastonia, nine other North Carolina communities have secured funding through the FY2021 grant round through Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC). The annual program funds projects that prepare for climate-related disasters, including floods, hurricanes and wildfires. Next year’s program will more than double to nearly $2.3 billion.
Meanwhile, FEMA Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) The program also donated $570,000 to a Mecklenburg County program that buys homes in flood-prone areas. He was the only winner of the North Carolina scholarship this year. The FMA grant program will grow to $800 million nationwide next year.
“Climate change is an existential threat to our nation and our national security, as extreme weather events increasingly disrupt our lives and our economy,” Mayorkas said in a press release. “With historic levels of funding for the BRIC and FMA programs announced today, we are investing in our nation’s resilience and strengthening individual and community preparedness across the country.”
North Carolina has received more BRIC grants this year than any other state. Local governments have until January 23 to apply for grants for fiscal year 2022. Here is the list of North Carolina programs funded this year by BRIC and FMA.
- Gastony – Stream restoration and infrastructure protection along Duharts Creek – $5.9 million
- City of Siler – Blood Run Pumping Station Relocation and Sewer Line Replacement – $5 million
- Sawmills – South Caldwell Sewer Pumping Station Elevation Project – $189,000
- Greenville – St. Andrews Drive Infrastructure Protection and Waterway Restoration – $3.45 million
- Pollockville – Build elevations to restore the city’s commercial corridor – $1.08 million
- Fair Bluff – Fair Bluff Park Phase 2 – $2.44 million
- Hillsborough – Resilient Regional Water Supply Project – $1.01 million
- Salisbury – Water Supply Resilience Project for Pumping Station along Yadkin River – $22.5 million
- Fayetteville – Wayland Drive Drainage Improvements – $2.61 million
- Hillsborough – Relocation of the floodway river pumping station – $5.81 million
- County of Mecklenburg – Residential Acquisitions in Briar Creek – $570 $1899 two purchase two homes in the Briar Creek area which is at high risk of flooding.