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Public input sought on plans to improve ENC's resiliency to climate change and natural hazards

king tide beafort nc
Neils Lindquist
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Front St. in Beaufort, NC during a king tide which, as a result of climate change, is reaching higher and extending further inland than in the past, according to the EPA.

The N.C. Office of Recovery and Resiliency is seeking community input on regional plans for building community resilience in coastal areas of the state. Officials have developed vulnerability assessments that describe the impacts of extreme weather on housing, the environment, and the economy. The assessments include details about problems the Albemarle, Cape Fear, Eastern Carolina and Mid-East regions have experienced in past hurricanes, flooding, droughts, and wildfires as well as the risks they face in the future due to climate change. Comments on the draft assessments may be submitted by August 17th. The next phase will include identifying and prioritizing 5 to 10 projects in each region that have regional benefits for resilience.