RALEIGH - Seven locations in Eastern North Carolina have received grant money in excess of $100,000 to help them prepare for hurricanes, storms and growth, the Governor's Office reported Monday.
The locations that will receive the grant money awarded by Gov. Roy Cooper are:
-- $20,000 grant to Currituck County to study drainage basins to identify areas vulnerable to flooding.
-- $17,500 grant to Elizabeth City to create a plan to mitigate flooding in the area.
-- $17,500 grant to Carolina Shores to produce a flood mitigation manual to aid property owners in reducing flooding.
-- $15,000 grant to Caswell Beach for a storm water drainage study to identify alternatives to alleviate flooding.
-- $15,000 grant to Hyde County to develop a watershed restoration plan to improve water quality in Lake Mattamuskeet.
-- $7,500 grant to Pender County to update its land use plan policies related natural hazard areas.
-- $7,500 grant to Swansboro to update its land use plan to include natural hazards and storm recovery efforts.
According to a press release, the N.C. Division of Coastal Management uses a portion of its federal funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to support local land-use planning and management projects in North Carolina's 20 coastal counties.
"These grants will help coastal North Carolina alleviate flooding after hurricanes and big storms, plan for future growth and improve water quality," Cooper said. "Recovering from Hurricane Matthew has shown us just how critical it is for local communities to prepare proactively for future disasters, and this state and local partnership does just that."
Grant recipients were selected based on criteria and priorities set by the state's Coastal Resources Commission. This year's funding prioritized natural hazard mitigation and storm recovery projects.