LOCAL NEWS Princeville to get $39.6 million for levee project

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers announced Thursday that Princeville will receive $39.6 million for a flood mitigation levee project that has long been needed.

Congressman G.K. Butterfield along with senators Richard Burr and Senator Thom Tillis made the announcement in press releases. Specifically, the funding will be used to better mitigate flood risks by increasing the elevations of highways and installing levees around the Tar River.

Princeville has suffered extensive flooding from Hurricane Floyd, Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Florence.

“I am overjoyed to learn the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will receive nearly $40 million for design and construction of the Princeville levee project,” Butterfield said. “The protection of Princeville and the preservation of its place in our Nation’s history cannot be overstated. The completion of the levee project will ensure the longevity of this historic town for current and future generations. (Read more)