Coping with a “disaster diaspora” in Robeson County
This story is the latest in a series of reports that NC Newsline is publishing about environmental justice issues and cumulative pollution impacts in Robeson County. Funding for this project comes from Kozik Environmental Justice Reporting Grants funded by the National Press Foundation and the National Press Club Journalism Institute. On Nevada Street, less than […]
In newly created job, Richard Trumper will try to get ailing ReBuild NC disaster recovery program back on track
Richard Trumper, director of disaster recovery at the Office of State Budget and Management, will move to the NC Department of Public Safety as the senior advisor for disaster recovery, DPS announced today. He was appointed to the newly created position by DPS Secretary Eddie Buffaloe, Jr. His first day will be Feb. 1. “In […]
Leaks, mold, electrical problems, tilting floors: Some hurricane survivors discover their new homes are falling apart
Ms. Johnson’s toilet has sat, unconnected to any plumbing, in the middle of her master bathroom for more than a year. Mold is blooming in her master bedroom closet, caused by a leaking shower. The water pressure is low, and her floors are uneven. Her contractor, Persons Services has not fixed the issues since 2021, Johnson said. And the NC Office of Recovery and Resiliency, also known as ReBuild NC, has failed to hold Persons accountable.
Puerto Rico to get $60M to prep for future hurricanes, Biden announces
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Monday landed in Ponce, Puerto Rico to survey the damage from Hurricane Fiona and announce $60 million in funding to help the island prepare for future hurricanes. The visit came after the Category 1 hurricane in late September damaged the power grid, leaving millions in Puerto Rico without power. […]
Monday numbers: A hot and stormy May portends the effects of climate change in North Carolina
Warm and wet in the west, steamy and wet in the middle, and hot and dry in the east: North Carolina's weather trends in May illustrated the effects of climate change. In addition to warmer than normal temperatures, North Carolina experienced at least five confirmed tornadoes in May: in Orange, Durham, Rockingham, Iredell and Cleveland counties.
NOAA forecasts busy Atlantic hurricane season, with at least 3 major storms
WASHINGTON — The 2022 Atlantic hurricane season is predicted to be the seventh in a row with an above-normal number of storms, according to a forecast the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released Tuesday. NOAA administrator Rick Spinrad said the agency expects there will be between 14 and 21 named storms, with six to 10 […]
Climate proposal aims to reduce stormwater pollution from military bases
Lawmakers from Chesapeake Bay states are looking to attach a climate-related provision to the must-pass annual defense bill. U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, (D-Va.), introduced Thursday legislation that would allow the Defense Department to use several sources of federal funds to undertake stormwater management projects at military bases. The plan also has been backed by House […]
U.S. Senate hearings: Investments can soften blow of climate change, but needs are great and urgent
Federal hurricane prevention for New Orleans that cost billions worked during Ida, senators agree U.S. senators on Wednesday promoted a federal hurricane system’s performance in New Orleans during Hurricane Ida, but noted that other regions experienced devastation that is likely to worsen as climate change produces more intense and frequent storms.
Tropical Storm Elsa is headed for NC: Here’s how to learn if you live in a flood zone, near environmental hazards
The first tropical system of the summer, named Elsa, is expected to cause localized flooding in North Carolina tomorrow, as it crosses into Scotland and Richmond counties in the morning and then travels through the central part of the state. Here is a brief tutorial for learning whether you're in a flood zone and what other environmental hazards could lurk below the water.
In the wake of disaster we find community
In the 16 years I’ve lived in this exact spot, I’ve been no stranger to disaster. It’s been two years since Hurricane Florence roared through and devastated my community, and I’m still walking around on barely repaired floors looking up at barely repaired ceilings. Every time I see news of a new storm — in Texas, or Puerto Rico, or Florida, or Louisiana...
Report: As climate changes, expect wetter storms
If you’ve been following WRAL’s reporting this week, you’ve likely seen a series of fascinating pieces on climate change. It’s an appropriate topic these days. North Carolinians on the coast are still assessing the damage after Hurricane Dorian raked the Outer Banks this month. Researchers tell us that, as the climate changes in the coming […]
During hurricane season, luncheon will examine the future of NC’s shorelines
Join NC Policy Watch Thursday, September 17 for a very special and timely Crucial Conversation luncheon: Managing North Carolina’s increasingly vulnerable shorelines – now and in the decades ahead Featuring Prof. Rob Young of the Western Carolina University Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines Click here to register It’s hurricane season yet again and […]