Onslow County school district estimates $40-$50 million in Florence damages

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After more than 30 schools in Onslow County were impacted by Hurricane Florence, the county is now estimating damages to be between $40 million and $50 million. 

“Two weeks into the storm, we still didn’t have roofs on the building and rain was coming in and we’re trying to dry it out at the same time,” said Steve Myers, chief operating officer at Onslow County Schools.

He said damages initially were estimated at $125 million. However, Wednesday morning during the school board of education meeting, board members were presented with a new number. 

Damages now are estimated between $40 million and $50 million. 

“We’re making sure when we go out, getting multiple bids for contractors and everything, trying to get the best price available for every project that we’re putting forward,” said Myers.

In order to cover all costs, the district is primarily relying on an insurance company, then FEMA and state funds.

They say they want to make sure they’re one step ahead of the game the next time a natural disaster of such magnitude occurs.

“We want to probably look at some prepositioning contracts so that way, next time this comes up, we don’t have to find somebody right in the middle or the aftermath of the storm,” Myers said. 

The school district will spend this summer refurbishing the bigger projects. 

They anticipate 12 to 18 months until all 38 schools are fully repaired. 

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