Princeville, N.C. — Princeville homeowners packed a meeting about their future following devastation from Hurricane Matthew on Monday night.

Town leaders decided Monday night to request that homeowners raise their homes to 2 feet above the flood plain as determined by the state.

Homeowners will not be required to raise the elevations of their houses, but the mayor said those who do not elevate their homes to meet the new standard could face higher insurance costs.

Princeville was one of the hardest hit towns when Hurricane Matthew moved through North Carolina in October and caused the Tar River to overflow its banks. Dozens still remain in hotels after being flooded out of their homes.

Many residents at the meeting voiced frustration at the fact that the government is willing to spend money to elevate homes without fixing the problems with the Tar River, which led to flooding in the first place.

Town leaders also voted to annex two properties on high ground for the purpose of building emergency housing and to annex 53 contiguous acres for the purpose of relocating emergency housing and the fire station, which lost five trucks during the storm.

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