Online Originals: Pollocksville takes steps towards Hurricane Florence recovery

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POLLOCKSVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Jones County is continuing to recover after being hit hard by Hurricane Florence in 2018.

NC Golden LEAF announced it will give the town of Pollocksville a $1,000,000 grant to support Hurricane Florence recovery.

The Mayor of Pollocksville, Jay Bender, said they had received confirmation from FEMA last week that under a hazardous mitigation project, they would elevate the town’s three lift stations and pumping stations that were underwater during Florence.

He also confirmed that FEMA would pay for the relocation of the old town hall to a new space and restore it to its pre-disaster condition.

Due to the town not having the money upfront, NC Golden LEAF provided Pollocksville with the funds needed to begin the projects.

“All of these facilities were completely underwater and so they will be raised anywhere from 4-8 feet depending on the location.” Mayor Jay Bender

Currently, the town hall is operating out of a temporary space that used to act as a pharmacy. Mayor Bender said the new town hall will be moved to the highest spot in town.

“We need a space for town offices but it will also provide a community meeting space, we would also like to think it will spur some kind of economic development.” Mayor Jay Bender

Mayor Bender also said they are also working on projects right now to enhance the waterfront and expand park space in the hopes it will continue to develop downtown Pollocksville.

Construction is starting as soon as possible and Mayor Bender says he hopes it will be done by September of 2020.

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