USA: Congressman Urges NC Inlet Dredging
Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) urged President Barack Obama not to forget the damage to North Carolina’s coastal inlets caused by Hurricane Sandy.
The Obama administration is putting together a funding request to address damage caused by the storm that it will soon submit to Congress. In a letter sent to the president, Congressman Jones called on the administration to include funding in that request to repair the North Carolina inlets damaged by Sandy. Congress must then approve the request before the funding can become available.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers –Wilmington District has determined that Hurricane Sandy caused over $30 million in damage to North Carolina’s coastal inlets. These damages include:
Morehead City Harbor – $6 million
Hatteras Ferry Channel – $2 million
Ocracoke Ferry Channel – $600,000
Manteo Shallowbag Bay (Oregon Inlet) – $9 million
Rodanthe Emergency Ferry Channel – $150,000
Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway – $3 million
Beaufort Harbor – $150,000, and the waterway connecting Pamlico Sound to Beaufort Harbor (including Wainwright Slough, Atlantic Harbor, and Taylor Creek) – $500,000
“I strongly urge the president to include in his request funding to repair North Carolina’s coastal inlets to their pre-Sandy condition,” said Congressman Jones. “Fishermen, passenger ferries and boaters use these waterways on a daily basis. Repairing them is vital to restoring economic activity and safe transportation on the North Carolina coast.”
Dredging Today Staff, December 10, 2012