Group tours New Bern storm-water pump sites - WNCT

Group tours New Bern storm-water pump sites

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One area that saw plenty of flooding from Hurricane Irene was New Bern in Craven County.
Now that it's the heart of hurricane season, city leaders are making sure they're preparing the city to take on whatever Mother Nature throws its way.
A group gave a tour of two storm-water pump sites on Tuesday.
City leaders invited concerned citizens to come out and see what kind of improvements New Bern has made to handle storm-water and flooding.

"There's 1,000 acres of New Bern that the wetlands is providing a direct benefit for, so the drainage within that 1,000 acres will be improved because of the project," said New Bern city engineer Jordan Hughes.

The pump site at Simmons Street is the largest of its kind in North Carolina.

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