The city of Goldsboro recently signed an agreement to participate in a community floodprint process, funded by the N.C. Office of Recovery and Resiliency (NCORR) and led by the N.C. State Coastal Dynamics Design Lab (CDDL). Goldsboro will become the second community selected for the Eastern North Carolina Community Floodprints project. A total of five eastern North Carolina jurisdictions will collaborate with CDDL for the development of a floodprint, which can then be used to bolster future community resilience.
Floodprinting is a CDDL-developed method of resilience planning which focuses on the land and water relationship and emphasizes equity and recovery. Goldsboro city council authorized the agreement with CDDL during the July 11, 2022, city council meeting, and work on the Goldsboro Community Floodprint began soon after, on August 1.
“NCORR believes in a community-based approach to solving challenges to future resiliency and safe development of the state’s most storm-impacted areas. We are excited to continue this exceptional partnership with CDDL,” said Laura Hogshead, director of NCORR. “The data and planning detail in floodprint reports can be used to apply for grant dollars and elevate a community’s future.”
Throughout the 16-month floodprint project, CDDL staff will provide technical assistance to city staff to accelerate community recovery from recent Hurricanes Matthew and Florence.
A community-level plan and mitigation proposals for specific areas contained in the final project report can be used to fulfill grant funding requirements that might otherwise be lacking. The use of information from CDDL’s past floodprints have led to millions of dollars of grant-funded investment in North Carolina communities.
The new floodprint information will help guide NCORR’s program plans in the most storm-impacted areas of eastern North Carolina. Floodprints are particularly useful for NCORR’s Strategic Buyout Program, which purchases eligible properties located in high-risk flood areas. The voluntarily buyout option allows owners of flood-damaged property to relocate to a safer place.
In January 2022, NCORR launched the three-year, five floodprint collaboration with CDDL using U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant-Mitigation funds. Potential candidate communities for the floodprint process must be within the Most Impacted and Distressed (MID) areas, as identified by HUD or the state. Other considerations include community interest and flood-vulnerable properties. The first of the five new floodprints is underway in Whiteville in Columbus County.