Marine Corps: $3.6B needed to repair Camp Lejeune damage from Hurricane Florence
Hurricane Florence left behind approximately $3.6 billion of damage at Camp Lejeune, according to the Marine Corps Times. Roughly 31 structures will be demolished and replaced with new military construction, amounting to $2 billion. Repairs to existing buildings would cost $1.3 billion. Up to 70 percent of the base’s homes were damaged. Dave Simpson, president and CEO of the Carolinas Associated General Contractors, says billions of dollars in Florence-related damage has aggravated workforce shortages already stretched thin by an existing wave of building. “You have a perfect storm where construction was booming and there were not enough workers, and then you throw in a multi-billion-dollar disaster named Florence and that just makes things all the more challenging,” Simpson said.
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