Last week, Tropical Storm Elsa brought heavy rain and wind to North Carolina, knocking down trees and power lines. The damage caused by tropical storms like Elsa is no anomaly for North Carolina. The state has experienced 42 extreme weather events from 2010-2020, costing $50 billion to repair damages.
Safeguarding and preparing North Carolina’s infrastructure against future tropical storms is critical to protecting communities across our state. That’s why President Biden is making the largest investment in our country’s infrastructure and competitiveness in almost a century, including preparing more of our infrastructure for the impacts of climate change, cyber attacks, and extreme weather events.
Under President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework, $47 billion, the largest investment in the resilience of physical and natural systems in American history, would be invested nationwide to improve the resiliency of our nation’s infrastructure and support communities’ recovery from disaster.
“Every hurricane season causes damage to North Carolina’s roads, bridges, and homes that not only costs billions to repair but devastates communities across our state. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework is the biggest investment in natural disaster resiliency in history because all of North Carolina deserves infrastructure protection against future extreme weather events. President Biden’s leadership is prioritizing the safety and well-being of North Carolina communities,” said NCDP Spokesperson Ellie Dougherty.