When Hurricane Florence hit Wilmington, N.C., Lutheran Services Carolinas knew it would be a huge test for its developing Trinity Landing site. Within 24 hours of the hurricane making landfall, John Frye, Trinity Landing’s executive director, put on his rain gear and walked the site on the Intracoastal Waterway where LSC’s newest senior living community will be built.
He was thrilled to find only a few downed trees.
“The erosion control worked perfectly, even though one wouldn’t necessarily expect it to during an unusually powerful storm,” Frye said.
“The storm surge didn’t get beyond the flood zone, which is below where the first villas will be built.” That the property was virtually unscathed during a powerful storm that devastated much of Wilmington gives us confidence that Trinity Landing is in a great position to safely weather any future hurricanes,” Frye said.
Trinity Grove, LSC’s skilled nursing home in Wilmington, also remained high and dry during the storm.
“Just as we did with Trinity Grove, we will build Trinity Landing under the stringent coastal requirements of the state building code to meet a 147 mile-per-hour sustained wind load,” Frye said. “In addition, all residential structures will be constructed outside of the flood zone. As a result, we believe Trinity Landing will escape the kind of damage and flooding that Wilmington experienced with Florence.”