FEMA to investigate elevating Princeville homes

Jul 4, 2019

The feasibility of elevating homes in the historic town of Princeville to protect them from future flooding will be studied. The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced a grant of over $1.1 million to determine which of 75 homes in Princeville can be raised to protect them. The town experienced severe flooding after 1999’s Hurricane Floyd and 2016’s Hurricane Matthew. The money will cover an engineering and feasibility study on which homes can be raised. There is concern about the structural integrity of many of the homes. Cost-benefit analyses on elevating homes will also take place. If homes meet criteria for raising, FEMA will look at making funds available for repairs and elevation. That money would come from the federal Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. Princeville is the oldest town in the United States incorporated by African-Americans.