A new $3 million grant in first year funding builds on the great work of UNC’s Coastal Hazards Center. UNC will lead a coalition of university and private sector partners, federal agencies, first responders, and other centers to prepare for hurricanes and flooding.

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CHC Director Dr. Gavin Smith will lead a Community Planning Assistance Team in Lyons, Colorado. Lyons lies about 12 miles north of Boulder. The unforgettable floods of September 2013 caused severe destruction to the town, and Lyons remains drastically affected. The CPAT led by Dr. Smith will provide technical assistance to Lyons as it thinks through the difficult decisions it faces on how to redevelop.