Flooded Windsor home not approved for buyout after Matthew


WINDSOR, N.C. (WNCT) – Margaret Dunlow applied for a home buyout after her home in Windsor was flooded after Hurricane Matthew.

Dunlow said her home and several others have flooded four times in nearly 20 years.

During Hurricane Floyd, Tropical Storms Nicole and Julia and hurricane Matthew. 

She said only one home in her neighborhood was approved for a buyout.

Windsor Town Administrator Allen Castelloe said in the Town of Windsor and Bertie County there were 102 buyout applications for acquisitions and elevations. 

The state approved 34 houses for acquisition and 11 houses for elevation. 

Castelloe said the state decides on which buyout applications are approved. 

Based on cost-effectiveness and the state’s cap of $276,000 on each project.

The project is funded by North Carolina Emergency Management and FEMA through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. 

The buyout applications were approved in July 2018. 

With $6 million of state and federal money going toward these projects in Windsor. 

North Carolina Emergency Management spokesperson Keith Acree said on a state level, only 700 of the 3,000 buyout applications were approved.

Acree said there’s more need than there is funding. 

Castelloe said the town understands that we still have unmet needs and will continue to seek funding to address these needs.

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