Senator Tillis tours Camp Lejeune hurricane damage

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Eight months after Hurricane Florence, Camp Lejeune is still working to rebuild.

The base still needs about $4 billion much of it linked to a Disaster Relief bill.  

On Friday, Senator Thom Tillis toured the damage at the base. 

Senator Tillis got to tour some of the barracks and admin buildings here at Camp Lejeune that are still damaged because of Hurricane Florence. 

He was here with N.C. Senator Richard Burr and Senator Boozman from Arkansas. 

9 On Your Side’s Dillon Huffman was told there are around 130 buildings on the base that need to be replaced.

What they’re going to do with that money, they’ll hopefully be getting soon, is tearing down those 130 buildings because they’re either condemned or just too old to update, a lot of them are 70 years old.

They’ll build 43 new buildings, a bridge, and two railroad trestles. 

Camp Lejeune officials said that’s what they need to operate correctly. 

But a lot of it depends on the house passing the Disaster Relief bill. 

The Senate passed it on Thursday. 

“This is when we need to set politics aside and get relief to men and women who need it especially men and women in the Marines and their families, some are still displaced,” said Tillis. This isn’t the time to play politics or play perfectly.”

The Commanding General said the reason they were able to get a lot of work already done here is that they shifted around some money that they already had within the Marines. 

When they finally get the almost $4 billion, some of that will have to be shifted back to the other bases.
 

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