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In 2019 the Collaboratory received $2 million in funding from the North Carolina General Assembly as part of a disaster recovery package approved by the legislature. The Collaboratory is charged with studying flood and resiliency against future storms in eastern North Carolina and developing an implementation plan with recommendations.

A team of researchers has developed a study plan and will be evaluating a number of issues, including:

  • evaluating policies related to flood plain management, such as buyout of residential properties
  • examining natural systems role in mitigating flooding
  • assessing the vulnerability of critical infrastructure
  • analyzing the financial risks associated with major weather events
  • studying the public health impacts

The study is due to the legislature on June 1, 2021.

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