Four years after Hurricane Florence, Camp Lejeune reflects, looks to the future


CAMP LEJEUNE, NC (WITN) – Four years after Hurricane Florence brought the wettest tropical cyclone on record to the Carolinas, Camp Lejeune reflects on all that has been endured.

Camp Lejeune says that across its base and New River, 388 buildings suffered roof damage, 319 facilities suffered interior damage, including 41 buildings requiring HVAC repairs and another 68 facilities requiring full renovations.

WITN learns nearly 116 trailers were brought in for temporary work areas and excessive flooding resulted in 70 culvert washouts on roads and trails, major damage to two rail trestles, Onslow Bridge Beach, at the flight line and at the hangar gates on New River.

Additionally, the military base says housing on the privatized base suffered significant damage, with more than 60% of the nearly 6,200 homes served by Marine Corps Atlantic communities at Camp Lejeune, New River and Cherry Point having suffered damage. By the end of 2019, SMAC had completed repairs to over 3,000 homes and demolished over 30 of the most severely damaged homes.

But Camp Lejeune doesn’t just reflect on the past. The base also focuses on the present and the future.

“Today, $3.6 billion in new construction and repairs are blooming across base and air stations, with a focus on the new infrastructure’s ability to withstand future weather events,” Camp Lejeune said. “All buildings that had roof damage now have standing seam metal roofs. More than 56% of the contracted building’s repairs are complete, with the rest of the renovations expected to be completed by next fall. »

The base has several new buildings planned, including a state-of-the-art fire station at Courthouse Bay, planned for spring 2023, and a simulation center for the II Marine Expeditionary Force.

“By 2025, these facilities will have undergone one of the most significant transformations in their proud history,” said Brig. Gen. Andrew Niebel, commanding general, MCIEAST-MCB Camp Lejeune. “Every facility, every structure will be designed to ensure that our combatants, families and base employees have optimal spaces to live, work and train to ensure a ready force.”

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