High waters in Ocracoke streets. Photo: C. Leinbach

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State and regional officials are asking for public input to help develop a set of projects to better prepare the coast for climate hazards such as beaches and wetlands erosion, flood, heavy rainfall, saltwater intrusion, severe storms and wind, water quality issues, and invasive species.

The North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency and its Regions Innovating for Strong Economies and Environment, or RISE, Program are working with the North Carolina Rural Center and North Carolina Councils of Government to develop a portfolio of priority projects that strengthen regional resilience.

Officials said diverse stakeholder partnership is needed to ensure that the scope of work reflects local priorities.

To that end, individual surveys are posted for residents in each coastal region. The surveys take about 15 minutes to complete, and responses are needed by Friday, June 17.

For the Albemarle Region, which includes Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hyde, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell and Washington counties, complete the survey at https://form.jotform.com/221145063944149.

Stakeholders and the public were previously engaged to identify the most concerning hazards impacting the region to identify the climate hazards that will serve as the basis for the vulnerability assessment, according to the survey.

In related news, the Dynamics of Extreme Events, People and Places (DEEPP) from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday (June 16) will unveil preliminary findings of their two-year survey interviewing Ocracoke residents about their experiences before, during, and after Hurricane Dorian.

All are invited to attend the session in the Ocracoke Community Center.

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