NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) - A pile of dirt on North Craven Street is all that remains of New Bern resident Gail Boyd's home.
Hurricane Florence tore through the home on the Neuse River in September 2018.
Many houses on Boyd's street left vacant in Florence’s aftermath.
Something many homeowners lacked during Florence, flood insurance.
Boyd said that's one of the largest lessons learned.
The city aims to help homeowners avoid such mistakes by applying for grants to hire its first resiliency officer.
Mayor Dana Outlaw said the officer would be responsible for organizing informational workshops with representatives from different fields like insurance during hurricane season.
The city is also expediting building inspections to get people back in their houses.
As Boyd waits to replace this heap of dirt with a brand-new home.
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