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Financial help for elevating island homes extended

An example of a home being elevated on Ocracoke. Photo: C. Leinbach

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Hyde County has extended its deadline to April 15 for island homeowners to submit applications for the elevation and reconstruction of homes that have experienced significant flood damage from Hurricane Matthew.

The county has received a first round of applications, which will be submitted to the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)for funding.  The HMGP assists states and local communities in implementing long-term mitigation measures following a Presidential Disaster Declaration.

The county is now reaching out for a second round in an effort to reach homeowners and assist in mitigating against future damage.

“Our office is working diligently to ensure if anyone owning a home on Ocracoke that received significant flood damage from Hurricane Matthew knows there is elevation assistance out there and apply and receive that assistance,” said Kris Noble, assistant county manager, in an email that accompanied a press release.

To be eligible for assistance, an applicant should own a house that received significant flood damage from Matthew. Applicants do not have to be residents. All properties that received significant flood damage from Matthew are eligible.

Elevating a home can not only protect your home against future flooding but also can lower flood insurance premiums. 

To apply or for questions, please contact Rosemary Johnson at 252-926-4178, or email her at rjohnson@hydecountync.gov.

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