Halifax County solar farm among NC projects helped by USDA grants
From hurricanes to wildfires to flooding downpours, North Carolina has experienced 42 extreme weather events in the last decade that have caused an estimated $50 billion in damages, a federal official said Monday. So, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is spending $141 million in the state to help fight climate change.
TEMPERATURES. >>> THE IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE IS HITTING RURAL COMMUNITIES ESPECIALLY HARD ACCORDING TO LEADERS IN THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE. MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN INFRASTRUCTURE AID WAS ANNOUNCED TO HELP THE STATE FIGHT BACK. >> Reporter: TODAY USDA DEPUTY SECRETARY LAID OUT THE IMPACT OF NORTH CAROLINA'S CRISIS. >> WITH THE WILDFIRES, DROUGHT AND FLOODS, AND COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THESE ARE HAVING DEVASTATING EFFECTS ON OUR RURAL COMMUNITIES. >> Reporter: TODAY THE USDA ANNOUNCED INVESTMENTS IN 43 PROJECTS TO HELP WITH CLIMATE AND INFRASTRUCTURE ACROSS NORTH CAROLINA AT A COST OF $41 MILLION. >> WE ARE TAKING ACTION TO ASSIST IN THEIR RECOVERY. >> Reporter: WHEN STRONG STORMS HIT, THE COUNTY'S POWER SUPPLY CAN BE KNOCKED OUT. >> ELECTRICAL INFRASTRUCTURE IS IN NEED. >> Reporter: BUT THEY COULD CONSIDER FUTURE PROJECTS IN THE COUNTY, HELPING TO FIGHT OFF CLIMATE CHANGE AND KEEP THE LIGHTS ON TOO.