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Hurricane Florence Repairs At Camp Lejeune Will Cost Billions, And More Big Storms Are Likely

The Marine Corps says Camp Lejeune, N.C. needs $3.6 billion in repairs, as scientists warn climate change will lead to more big storms and affect military readiness.

The final tally is in for the damage that Hurricane Florence wreaked on the Marine Corps' Camp Lejeune, N.C., and the number is startling.

'"The total bill comes to $3.6 billion dollars," the Corps' top officer, Gen. Robert Neller, told the Senate Armed Services Committee in December.

In the four months since the hurricane, the extraordinary amount of damage to the main East Coast Marine base hasn't received much attention, in part because it may not look spectacular from the outside. The most visible sign is dozens of blue tarps, draped over roofs all over the sprawling base.

Tony Sholar, a civilian with the command that oversees East Coast Marine facilities, said the damage is obvious, though, to anyone who knows about maintaining and repairing older buildings.

Touring the now-abandoned headquarters of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, he pointed out some of the signs of damage inside walls, between floors, and to doors. Before it was determined that fixing it would cost more than three-quarters of its replacement cost, teams of Marines had dried out the building. But after a recent overnight rain, there were pools of water again

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