WHAT HAPPENED: The state released update damage figures from Hurricane Florence that increased the tally by billions of dollars. This new $17 billion estimate comes through the latest N.C. Department of Insurance data.
WHAT IT MEANS: Dollarwise, Hurricane Florence hit North Carolina harder than the infamous Hurricanes Matthew (2016) and Floyd (1999) combined. Gov. Roy Cooper, citing his recent tours of storm-slammed communites, said it's "clear that we have to recover smarter and stronger to better withstand future storms."
ON TAP: North Carolinians now have an extension to file for assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Details follow in this Bulletin.
THE SKINNY: This might not be the final damage number from Florence. The governor's office is emphasizing that the $17 billion (up from the $13 billion tally reported in October) is still an estimate, and that actual inspection data will help to put more of a concrete total in the history books. Meanwhile, recovery efforts are ongoing.
Time for a new episode of Municipal Equation, the League's nationally acclaimed podcast about cities and towns adapting in the face of change. When it comes to understanding broadband availability in the U.S., many turn to the Federal Communications Commission's coverage map, which serves to show where fast internet service exists, right down to the street address. Subsequently, that map is used for policymaking, funding decisions and planning to close service gaps for communities. But what if we told you that map, as many can testify, is pretty inaccurate? How? Why? What's the fallout, here? As fast and reliable internet service increasingly solidifies itself as necessary infrastructure, it's vital we have accurate data to shape our policymaking and funding decisions. So what's going on here? We dig in on this episode of Municipal Equation. (Stick around after the main segment, too, as we have updates on past episodes that our listeners pitched.) Listen to past episodes at nclm.org/municipalequation. Have an idea for an interesting episode? Email host/producer Ben Brown.