Kinston leaders heading to D.C. to talk about flood-prone areas


KINSTON, Lenoir County - Kinston leaders will be heading to Washington, D.C. on Tuesday to discuss with officials the current state of flood-prone areas in the city.

The Chambers family has been busy clearing their boatyard for the second time in the past year during flooding. Staeford Marine is the only boat dealer in Kinston and it's lived through a number of storms, including Hurricane Matthew last year.

"We have been slowly, very, very slowly rebuilding, trying to get it back operational," Anne Chambers said. "We've been here a long time, my dad's been in business since '68. He's 88 years old."

Kinston Mayor BJ Murphy said they are working on a solution. Recently, officials went to Raleigh to speak to legislatures there about the recent flooding problems in the city and region. He's sending a team to D.C. to pass along that same information to members of Congress on Tuesday and Wednesday.

"We need some action and it can't happen at the local or state level, we need them to create a plan and fund it," Murphy said.

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