Gov. Cooper asks for federal funds to go to Princeville levee

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Gov. Roy Cooper has requested funds from the federal government to begin construction on the Princeville levee project.

In 2016, flood waters topped the levee, leaving 80 percent of Princeville under water.

Milton Bullock is the commissioner for Ward 1 in Princeville.

Bullock said he has hope the town can get aid soon.

“Every season between June and October we have to sleep light and be on pins and needles,” said Bullock.

In a letter to the Army for Civil Works, Cooper said the completion of the levee project is vital for Princeville.

Cooper is requesting money from the Consolidated Budget Appropriations Act of 2018 to be put toward the levee.

When Bullock found out about the letter he said he was elated. “I like to look at it like it was nothing but a blessing in disguise.”

In the letter, Cooper said, the state of North Carolina is prepared to match funds on planning, engineering, and design costs. 

Cooper said in the letter, “We have a responsibility to protect these residents, the town, and its rich history from future flooding.”

Bullock estimates that 70 percent of the flooding is due to the issues with the levee. He added that elevation and a poor drainage system were also contributing.

The Army Corps of Engineers will have a say how much each city and state will receive from the additional funding.

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