Initial costs on hurricane recovery top $20 million in New Hanover County

Florence cost to City of Wilmington

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners prepared to discuss moving $20 million into the budget Monday to help cover initial costs of the recovery effort from Hurricane Florence last month.

$6,522,000 was earmarked for the general fund, while $13,418,000 was delegated to the Environmental Management Fund. Another $122,000 was allocated to the fire services fund. In total, those initial budget moves exceed $20 million, with much of it coming from the county fund balance.

The money will cover response, recovery and repairs due to the hurricane, including the vegetative debris in the county. Several county buildings were also damaged, including the historic courthouse, 421 fire station, Cape Fear Museum and Airlie Cottage offices, among other buildings. Quotes for repairs on those structures are still being collected.

This is only the first round of more expenses to come to the local government. More expenditures are expected in future meetings. The county is able to apply to get reimbursed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management, but it’s not clear how much the county will receive at this point.

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