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NC budget plan includes $3.6 million to revive landslide mapping

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP/WNCN) - The state budget includes millions of dollars to revive a landslide mapping program in North Carolina.

North Carolina formed the Landslide Mapping Program after a 2004 landslide killed five people in the Macon County community of Peeks Creek.

The last landslide map was completed in 2011 and only four counties were ever mapped, according to the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality website.

The budget that lawmakers approved Friday includes $3.6 million for the N.C DEQ to re-start the program with money from the state's disaster relief reserve.

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The approval comes just after three people have died in mudslides in western North Carolina. In 2004, five people died in a mudslide in Macon County, spurring legislators to order the creation of hazard maps in 19 mountain counties.

Back in 2011, Western North Carolina Alliance executive director Julie Mayfield told The Asheville Citizen-Times that landslides are a real threat to life and property in North Carolina's mountains.

The General Assembly gave final approval to budget adjustments for the coming year on Friday. Gov. Roy Cooper could still veto it.

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