Boiling Spring Lakes: Only 40% of recovery completed since historic hurricane

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BOILING SPRING LAKES, NC (WWAY) — Now since the storm, one community is slowly but surely getting back on its feet.

Alton Lennon Road, a major road into Boiling Spring Lakes, is still broken completely in half months following Hurricane Florence last September. Residents say it basically cut the city in half.

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It’s been six months to the day since historic hurricane destroyed the Boiling Spring Lakes dams and roadways.

City Manager Jeff Repp says they are around 40 percent done with recovery, but with $21 million of damage he says they still have around two years to go. $18 million of that damage lies in the dams.

“All of the dams will be built to a better standard than they were prior, because they were 1960 dams,” Repp said. “They’ll have to meet 2019 standards, and FEMA will assist you in making those upgrades.”

Repp says he expects to be done with all repairs but the summer of 2020. He says it will take time, but he hopes to get fully reimbursed with the help of FEMA and the state.​

Repp says they are expecting some FEMA reimbursement checks to start rolling in soon.