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Army Corp of Engineers Wilmington District receives $27.6M for hurricane damage repairs

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Provides funds for various projects including dredging Carolina Beach Inlet

Wilmington, N.C. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers just announced it received about $27.6 million in emergency operations and maintenance funds to restore multiple coastal projects in North Carolina to pre-Hurricane Irene conditions.  

The fiscal year 2012 (FY12) emergency supplemental funds allocated to the Wilmington District will be used for activities including jetty repairs at Masonboro Inlet, and maintenance dredging at Manteo (Shallowbag) Bay, Wilmington Harbor, Morehead City Harbor and at shallow draft inlets and channels, all of which sustained considerable damage from shoaling after Hurricane Irene.
"These communities were hit with millions of dollars in damage from the August 2011 storm and this is our opportunity to provide much needed federal support to restore these areas to their pre-storm conditions," said Army Col. Steven Baker, Wilmington District commander.  “Completion of restoration efforts will significantly improve coastal navigation safety, and assist the United States Coast Guard in their search and rescue

A breakdown of the emergency funding is:

Operations and Maintenance 
Project Title  FY 2012 Emergency Supplemental 
Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, NC $3,000,000
Bogue Inlet, NC 500,000
Cape Fear River above Wilmington, NC 300,000
Carolina Beach Inlet, NC 500,000
Channel from Pamlico Sound to Rodanthe, NC 150,000
Lockwoods Folly River, NC 500,000
Manteo (Shallowbag) Bay, NC  4,500,000
Masonboro Inlet, NC 6,500,000
Morehead City Harbor, NC 2,300,000
New River Inlet, NC 500,000
New Topsail Inlet, NC 500,000
Rollinson Channel, NC 2,000,000
Silver Lake Harbor, NC 200,000
Waterway Connecting Pamlico Sound and Beaufort Harbor, NC 150,000
Wilmington Harbor, NC 6,000,000
Project Condition Surveys, NC 70,000

Operation and Maintenance Total $27,670,000



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