A photo taken at North Topsail Beach on Sept. 19, 2018, shows the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. JOHN ALTHOUSE/DAILY NEWS

NC - A Long Process: Town of North Topsail Beach still recovering from Hurricane Florence

The Town of North Topsail Beach's obligated funds from FEMA and state funding for Hurricane Florence recovery have exceeded $21 million

Three years after Hurricane Florence hit the North Carolina coast, Onslow County’s beach town is still dealing with the storm's aftermath.

On Aug. 19, U.S. Congressman Greg Murphy (R-NC-03) shared that the Town of North Topsail Beach will be receiving a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for more than $1 million to fund Hurricane Florence repairs.

“This grant is part of a larger FEMA public assistance project to relieve some of the associated repair costs for North Topsail Beach, which experienced damage to its Town Hall and Police and Fire Departments,” Murphy said in a news release. “This grant will be put to good use to remove storm debris, restore beaches, and improve quality of life for those still recovering from the devastating Hurricane Florence.”

In May, FEMA and the state of North Carolina approved $4.5 million to reimburse the Town of North Topsail Beach for extensive beach and dune erosion caused by the hurricane in 2018.

In June, the town was approved an additional $13.6 million in FEMA and state reimbursements for Florence-related beach restoration.

PHOTOS: Florence damage in, around North Topsail Beach

According to Caitlin Elliot, finance officer with the Town of North Topsail Beach, the total amount of funds that have been obligated from FEMA and state funding for the town's Hurricane Florence recovery is $21,580,000.

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