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More than 4,300 homes damaged or destroyed by Florence in North Carolina town

first_imgABC News(NEW BERN, N.C.) — Many parts of the North Carolina coast are grappling with the damage done by Florence over the weekend.The city of New Bern, located about 240 miles east of Charlotte, was particularly hard hit.“Our city has suffered obviously one of the most devastating storms in its 308 year history,” New Bern city manager Mark Stephens said at a news conference Monday. “As you can expect this is a significant setback at the hands of mother nature but we will prevail.”More than 4,300 homes were damaged or destroyed in the storm and over 300 businesses faced the same fate, he said.City officials estimate there has been $6 million in damages so far, Stephens said.New Bern has not reported any Florence-related deaths, “truly a blessing in such a significant, record-setting storm event,” he noted.Teams are intent on “restoring New Bern to the picturesque city that we know and love,” he added.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more