Hurricane Florence struck the city of New Bern on September 13-14, 2018. Most devastating was the storm surge that inundated New Bern and surrounding areas. Many residents benefited from the immediate response of private insurers and FEMA. But the storm, and in particular the flooding, struck the most vulnerable communities the hardest. Areas of low income housing were particularly hit hard. The Duffyfield neighborhood, comprising more than a third of the downtown area, both low income and low-lying on the Neuse river, was inundated. The estimate of total damage to this area is still unknown.
The Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship of New Bern (UUFNB) has joined the Craven County Disaster Recovery Alliance (CCDRA), a group of faith-based, non-profit, government and business organizations formed to provide coordinated recovery efforts to county residents. The fiscal agent for CCDRA is United Way of Coastal Carolina, a 501(c)(3) entity. The recovery effort is expected to last from three to five years.
UUFNB has received a $50,000 grant from the Unitarian Universalist Disaster Relief Fund to support CCDRA efforts in the Duffyfield Community.
Both UUFNB and CCDRA recognize an opportunity for CCDRA to coordinate its efforts with the Duffyfield Phoenix Project(DPP). DPP’s mission is to improve both the physical surroundings and quality of life for residents of Duffyfield. This includes acting in an advisory capacity to other organizations and the community to execute projects as necessary for the good of Duffyfield.
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