$3.6 Billion Needed To Rebuild Camp Lejeune Facilities Damaged By Hurricane Florence
The Marine Corps is looking at a hefty construction cost to repair or replace hundreds of buildings at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune damaged during Hurricane Florence.
After evaluating storm damage, about 31 Military Construction (MILCON) projects on the base – not including base housing – a significant number were found to be either so damaged or so old it would be more cost-efficient to replace them, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller said during a Wednesday hearing of the Senate Armed Services subcommittees on seapower and readiness and management support. The rebuilding cost is estimated to be between $3.6 billion and $3.7 billion.
“The storm was very slow moving,” Neller said. “There was a lot of wind, but it sat on top of the base and rained for two or three days.”
Jacksonville, N.C., home to Camp Lejeune, recorded 25.28 inches of rain by September 17, two days after Florence made landfall in nearby Wrightsville Beach, N.C., according to the National Weather Service.
Many of the Camp Lejeune buildings are old and suffered roof damage, Neller explained. With the long rainstorm, water seeped in, causing mold and internal structural problems. Buildings could be repaired, but the age of the buildings increases the likelihood that similar damage could occur during another major storm, he said.