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NWF Releases Steps to Prevent Future Hurricane Damage

Flooded areas in eastern North Carolina continue to impact water quality and endanger the health of humans and wildlife. (Waterkeeper Alliance/flickr)
Flooded areas in eastern North Carolina continue to impact water quality and endanger the health of humans and wildlife. (Waterkeeper Alliance/flickr)
October 8, 2018

NEW BERN, N.C. — Eastern North Carolina communities still are cleaning up and drying out from up to 36 inches of rain dumped by Hurricane Florence. At least 40 people died as a result of the storm, and the National Wildlife Federation and others view the disaster as a troubling trend, after other Hurricanes such as Matthew and Harvey.

This month, the nonprofit released a report highlighting 12 things communities can do to prevent a similar disaster. Jessie Ritter, senior policy specialist with the federation, explained the significance of their information.

"We're seeing these disasters occur with greater frequency, all the time,” Ritter said. “So what we really wanted to do with this report was take an opportunity to step back and to really put pen to paper about the changes that we really need to make proactively. "

Among the recommendations, the federation advised state and national leaders to install natural infrastructure solutions such as wetlands and sea walls, reform the National Flood Insurance Program and reinstate the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard. The organization currently has teams on the ground in North Carolina.

Ritter said there is a clear connection between an organization such as theirs with a mission to protect the wildlife and efforts to sustain human life.

"The natural systems that support the wildlife also protect our communities,” she said. “One of the greatest assets we have in the face of increasing storm frequency and intensity are the natural defenses. "

Flooding from Hurricane Florence has polluted waterways with coal ash and farm waste. The federation report also emphasizes the importance of the Clean Water Act, improving stormwater management and addressing outdated infrastructure.

Stephanie Carson, Public News Service - NC