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Heavy Rains Forecasted: Flooding is a potential 

 

July 7, 2020

The 5-day weather forecast for Emerald Isle, NC indicates heavy and persistent rains throughout the remainder of the week (July 7 – 11, 2020).  Since late May 2020, the Town has received greater than 22” of rainfall.  The water table is very high and soils remain saturated. 

Flooding of roadways, yards, and low-lying areas is a potential.

The Emerald Isle Public Works Department has taken every precaution to prepare for the advancing storm:

  • Town maintained lines and drainage areas have been inspected/cleared. 
  • Stormwater pumps and generators are tested/working. 
  • Mobile pumps are on standby and will be dispatched as needed.

The Town’s stormwater infrastructure is in good working order.  Unfortunately, heavy and persistent rains may create unavoidable localized flooding.  Property owners, in historically impacted areas, should consider taking action and move items to higher ground when possible.

For current weather information, please monitor the National Weather Service at www.weather.gov

Be prepared & remain safe!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, July 7, 2020 1:09:00 PM Categories: News

James Street Ocean Walkway Temporarily Closed For Concrete Work 

 

Please be advised that the James Street ocean walkway will be temporarily closed beginning today, July 7 in order for concrete work to be performed. It is anticipated that the walkway will reopen by 2pm Wednesday, July 8.  Thank you for your patience.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, July 7, 2020 11:32:00 AM Categories: News

COVID-19 Update for Emerald Isle, NC 

 

Executive Order 147/ Face Coverings

Thursday June 25, 2020

Dear residents, visitors and businesses of Emerald Isle:

On June 24, 2020, Governor Roy Cooper announced Executive Order 147, which extends Phase 2 of the Safer At Home restrictions through July 17, 2020.  Additionally, Governor Cooper added a requirement that face coverings are required anytime you are in a public place under certain conditions.  This order will go into effect at 5:00pm on Friday June 26, 2020

To better educate the public on exactly what is required and enforceable under this new order, elected Town Officials in Emerald Isle have reviewed this order and would like to provide the following guidance to our residents, visitors and businesses in Emerald Isle.  Additionally, Town staff is always available to provide assistance and answer any questions the public may have regarding the Town’s response to COVID-19.

When am I required to wear a face covering? People must wear face coverings when in public places, indoor or outdoor, where physical distancing of six (6) feet from other people who are not members of the same household or residence is not possible, or unless an exception applies.  These settings include, but are not limited to:

  • Inside of, or in line to enter, any indoor public space, including public schools;
  • Waiting for or riding on public and private multi person transportation, including but not limited to buses, taxis, ride sharing, private care service, vans;
  • Engaged in work, whether at the workplace or performing work off-site, when they are or may be within six (6) feet of other people, including working in or walking through common areas, such as lobbies, hallways, stairways, elevators, and parking facilities;
  • Obtaining services in a healthcare setting;
  • While outdoors in public spaces when maintaining a physical distance of 6 feet from persons who are not members of the same household or residence is not feasible. This restriction does not apply to persons while inside their residence or the personal residence of another. Face coverings may be removed to participate in a religious ritual.

Exceptions: Face Coverings do not need to be worn by an individual, worker, customer, or patron who:

1.   Has a medical or behavioral condition or disability and cannot wear a face covering (including, but not limited to, any person who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious or incapacitated, or is otherwise unable to put on or remove the face covering without assistance);

2.   Is under eleven (11) years of age;

3.   Is actively eating or drinking;

4.   Is strenuously exercising or swimming;

5.   Is seeking to communicate with someone who is hearing-impaired in a way that requires the mouth to be visible;

6.   Is giving a speech for a broadcast or to an audience;

7.   Is working at home or alone in a vehicle;

8.   Is temporarily removing his or her Face Covering to secure government or medical services or for identification purposes;

9.   Would be at risk from wearing a Face Covering at work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines;

10. Has found that his or her Face Covering is impeding visibility to operate equipment or a vehicle; or

11. Is a child whose parent, guardian, or responsible person has been unable to place the Face Covering safely on the child’s face.

12. Children under two (2) years of age should not wear a face covering.

Anyone who declines to wear a face covering for these reasons should not be required to produce documentation or any other proof of condition.

How do I prove I have an exception? Under this Executive Order, all North Carolinians will be on the honor system about whether or not there is a reason why they cannot wear a face covering.  Everyone in the state is asked to tell the truth and if they are healthy and able, to wear a face covering so that they do not put other people at risk of serious illness and death.  You are not required to provide proof of an exception.

What qualifies as a face covering under the new order? "Face Covering" means a covering of the nose and mouth that is secured to the head with ties, straps, or loops over the ears or is simply wrapped around the lower face. A Face Covering can be made of a variety of synthetic and natural fabrics, including cotton, silk, or linen. Ideally, a Face Covering has two (2) or more layers. A Face Covering may be factory-made, sewn by hand, or can be improvised from household items such as scarfs, bandanas, t-shirts, sweatshirts, or towels. A face shield that covers the nose and mouth also meets the face covering requirements of this order.

Guidance for Businesses

Certain businesses are required to have patrons and employees wear face coverings whether they are inside or outside when they are or may be within six (6) feet of another person, or unless an exception applies. Specific occupational settings, including health care settings, should continue to follow existing protocols and require surgical or procedure masks or N95 respirators, as indicated. The businesses that must follow the requirements for face coverings as described in Executive Order 147, to the extent they are open are:

  • Retail Businesses;
  • Restaurants
  • Personal Care, Grooming, and Tattoo Businesses;
  • Child Care Facilities, Day Camps, and Overnight Camps;
  • Gyms, Exercise Facilities, and Fitness Facilities,
  • State Government Cabinet Agencies;
  • Transportation;
  • High-Density Occupational Settings Where Social Distancing is Difficult, including manufacturing settings, construction sites, and migrant farm or other farm settings;
  • Meat or Poultry Processing Plants (new surgical mask requirement);
  • Long Term Care Facilities (new surgical mask requirement);
  • Other Health Care Settings (ongoing adherence to CDC guidance)

As a business owner, how do I determine whether or not a person has an exception? Under the Executive Order, operators of businesses and organizations are entitled to rely on their customers or patrons’ statements about whether or not they have an exception from the face covering requirements and businesses and organizations do not violate this Executive Order if they rely on such statements. 

How will the face covering requirement be enforced? Under the Executive Order, law enforcement personnel are not authorized to criminally enforce the face covering requirements of this Executive Order against individual workers, customers or patrons.  Citations may only be issued to businesses or organizations that fail to enforce the requirements to wear face coverings, unless an exception applies.  However, if a business refuses entry to a worker, customer, or patron because that person refuses to wear a face covering, law enforcement personnel may be contacted to enforce trespassing laws or any other laws that the worker, customer or patron may violate.

Are face coverings required on the beach? If you are unable to keep a physical distance of six (6) feet from persons who are not members of the same household or residence while on the beach, you would be required under this Executive Order to wear a face covering, unless an exception applies.

For the most up-to-date information, please monitor www.emeraldisle-nc.org, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and download the Emerald Isle app. 

We apologize for such unprecedented disruption to our normal way of life.  Please take precautions to protect you and yours. Together, we will navigate COVID-19!

With great sincerity and concern,

Mayor Eddie Barber

Commissioner Candace Dooley

Commissioner Steve Finch

Commissioner Floyd Messer

Commissioner Jim Normile

Commissioner Mark Taylor

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, June 25, 2020 5:11:00 PM Categories: News

Water Quality Swimming Alerts Issued in Carteret County 

MOREHEAD CITY – State recreational water quality officials today are alerting the public that initial testing at one ocean-side site and one sound-side site in Carteret County showed levels of bacteria exceeding the state’s and Environmental Protection Agency’s recreational water quality swimming standards.

One alert is for waters at the public beach on Wyndtree Dr., just west of the junction of Coast Guard Road and Wyndtree Dr. in Emerald Isle; the other alert is for waters at the public access at the north side mouth of Town Creek in Beaufort. Test results of water samples collected yesterday show bacteria that exceed the state and federal single-sample standard of 104 enterococci per 100 milliliters for Tier 1 high-usage sites. Swimming areas are classified based on recreational use and are referred to as tiers.

State officials will test the sites again today, and the results of the sampling will dictate further action. If the new sample also shows elevated bacteria counts, state officials will post a swimming advisory sign and issue a swimming advisory.  

The N.C. Recreational Water Quality Program tests water quality at ocean and sound beaches in accordance with federal and state laws.        

Enterococci, the bacteria group used for testing, are found in the intestines of warm-blooded animals. While it is not known to cause illness, scientific studies indicate that enterococci may indicate the presence of other disease-causing organisms. People swimming or playing in waters with bacteria levels higher than the standards have an increased risk of developing gastrointestinal illness or skin infections.

State officials sample 210 sites throughout the coastal region, most of them on a weekly basis from April to October. Testing continues on a reduced schedule during the rest of the year, when the waters are colder.

For more information on the N.C. Recreational Water Quality Program, visit the program’s website [portal.ncdenr.org], view a map of the testing sites [portal.ncdenr.org], and follow the program’s Twitter feed [twitter.com].

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, June 23, 2020 1:12:00 PM Categories: News

Mosquito Spraying Schedule for Emerald Isle  

Weather permitting Public Works staff will begin spraying for mosquitoes this week beginning after 10:00 pm. Larvacide will also be applied to all standing water throughout town. Below are the areas to be sprayed along with the schedule.

Wednesday, June 24

ZONE 1 - all of Coast Guard Rd. and the subdivisions along Coast Guard Rd. (Bogue Sound to the Ocean)

Thursday, June 25

ZONE 2 - along NC 58 from Coast Guard Rd. to Black Skimmer Rd. (North side of NC-58 to Bogue  Sound) and,

ZONE 3 - along NC-58 from Coast Guard Rd to Black Skimmer Rd. (South side of NC-58 to the Ocean)

Friday, June 26

ZONE 4  - From Lee Ave. – Marsh Cove Rd. (North and South sides of NC-58 Bogue Sound to the Ocean) and,

ZONE 5 - From Olde Cove Rd. (N), West Summer Pl. (S) to the East end of town (North and South sides of NC-58 Bogue Sound to the Ocean)

Special precautions will be taken in the areas around bee keepers homes and other addresses that we have on file as “NO SPRAY” areas. 

A link to the product label is provided here.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, June 23, 2020 8:32:00 AM Categories: News

Precautionary Swimming Advisory Lifted in Emerald Isle 

Precautionary swimming advisory lifted for swimming areas in Emerald Isle where floodwater pumping occurred  

MOREHEAD CITY – State recreational water quality officials today lifted a precautionary swimming advisory in Emerald Isle. The advisory was lifted because floodwaters have rescinded, and pumping has ceased.

The precautionary advisory was posted June 17 for areas near Fawn Drive, Doe Drive and 16th Street along the ocean and at the end of Channel Drive and at 10021 Coast Guard Road in Bogue Sound. At the time, floodwaters were being pumped from flooded streets onto the beach and sound to ensure roads were accessible for emergency vehicles. Floodwaters contain pollutants such as waste from wildlife and pets, oil and gasoline from parking lots and waste from septic systems or sewers.

The signs advising against swimming or otherwise coming into contact with the water have been removed and this area is now safe again for swimming and water play.

The N.C. Recreational Water Quality Program samples 210 sites in coastal waters of the state, most of them on a weekly basis from April through October.

For more information on the N.C. Recreational Water Quality Program, visit the program’s website [portal.ncdenr.org], view a map of the testing sites [portal.ncdenr.org], and follow the program’s Twitter feed [twitter.com].

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, June 22, 2020 10:33:00 AM Categories: News

Precautionary Swimming Advisory Issued for Ocean and Sound Sites 

 

Precautionary swimming advisory issued for ocean and sound sites
in Emerald Isle where floodwater pumping is occurring

MOREHEAD CITY – State recreational water quality officials today advised beachgoers to be aware of the floodwaters being pumped to the ocean surf in Emerald Isle. Surfers and swimmers should avoid these sites.

Recent heavy rains caused flooding of streets, yards, and housing in parts of Emerald Isle and nearby communities. To minimize the flooding damage and to ensure roads are accessible for emergency vehicles, the town has begun pumping floodwater into the ocean around Fawn Drive, Doe Drive and 16th Street. The town is pumping of floodwater into the sound at the end of Channel Drive and at 10012 Coast Guard Road.

These waters can contain pollutants such as waste from wildlife and pets, oil and gasoline from parking lots and waste from septic systems or sewers.

State recreational water quality officials will place signs at the discharge sites along the ocean beach to warn the public of the possible health risk. There is no public access area at the sound discharge site, so no sign will be placed there.

These notices do not imply disease-causing organisms are present in the water but does identify an increased chance that contamination and adverse health effects could occur.

State officials will remove the signs and notify the public 24 hours after the pumping stops.

State recreational water quality officials sample 210 sites throughout the coastal region, most of them on a weekly basis, from April to October. Testing continues on a reduced schedule during the rest of the year, when the waters are colder.

For more information on the N.C. Recreational Water Quality Program, visit the program’s website, view a map of the testing sites, and follow the program’s Twitter feed.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, June 17, 2020 1:12:00 PM Categories: News

Emerald Isle Update - Overnight Flooding  

Emerald Isle Update-

The Town of Emerald Isle received several inches of rain overnight. There are places along Coast Guard Road and other low lying areas that have post Hurricane flooding.

Based on local weather reports, the rain should taper off today (6/17/20). All Town owned storm water pumps are operating at full capacity.

We have secured a large rental pump as well. This unit will used to move water from blocked roadways and critical infrastructure.

Every member of the town staff is in the field now, working as quickly as possible, to move the water.  We appreciate everyone’s patience.

Respectfully

Matt Zapp

Town Manager

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, June 17, 2020 9:37:00 AM Categories: News

Point Walkway Temporarily Closed Due to Sand 

Please be advised that the Walkway at the Point has been temporarily closed due to sand coverage. The removal equipment will be available to clear the sand by this Friday, June 12.  Thank you for your patience.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, June 9, 2020 3:42:00 PM Categories: News

Islander Drive Opens With New Traffic Pattern  

Public Service Announcement - The public should please note that Islander Drive will open this afternoon with the new traffic pattern of one way traffic (North to South) from Reed Drive to Louise Avenue. Striping and signage are now in place.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, June 8, 2020 2:44:00 PM Categories: News
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