The City of New Bern was awarded a $10,000 grant to create a plan to protect its historic structures and neighborhoods from future flooding.
The grant was awarded to New Bern by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
The grant will help New Bern create a Flood Resiliency Plan, which aims to protect historic buildings and districts by reducing the city’s vulnerability to flooding and improving its disaster recovery efforts.
The city estimates it will cost $90,000 to develop the Flood Resiliency Plan, and the implementation of that plan will cost even more money.
New Bern officials say Hurricane Florence in September 2018 caused $100 million in damage to infrastructure, businesses, and homes inside the city limits.
Mark Stephens, New Bern’s City Manager, said, “We are thankful to the National Trust for investing in New Bern through the award of this grant. This is the first step in a long process for our city that will ultimately create a stronger, safer community that is more flood resilient. By looking at data and storm insights, and studying New Bern’s propensity for severe weather, we can deliver actionable items for building flood resilience in an integrated way.”