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FINAL HURRICANE FLORENCE DAILY UPDATE - HARD WORK WILL CONTINUE TO GET EMERALD ISLE BACK TO NORMAL! 

 

Update #27 - Thursday, September 27 - 5 pm

Final Daily Update, Additional Updates Disseminated as Warranted

This update will be the final daily update about the Town's efforts regarding Hurricane Florence. The entire Town of Emerald Isle organization will continue to work as hard as possible to get Emerald Isle back to normal, and any additional information will be disseminated as warranted via the Town's typical digital media platforms.  For archived and new information, please visit  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/  and click on "Latest News" in the bottom left hand corner of the main page.  Please also contact the appropriate Town staff via phone or email at  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/contact-us  if we can be helpful in any way or answer any questions.  

The Town works hard to keep our residents, property owners, businesses, and visitors well-informed about all Town issues and initiatives, and we hope these updates have been helpful before, during, and after Hurricane Florence.  

For many of us, Hurricane Florence has been the most significant hurricane to ever impact Emerald Isle.  Although the impacts were and are significant, overall, Emerald Isle is incredibly blessed that Hurricane Florence was not worse.

Governor Releases Funds for Mosquito Control, Carteret County Arranging Aerial Spraying

Governor Cooper announced late yesterday that State funds for mosquito control are being released to counties impacted by Hurricane Florence.  This is good news, and Carteret County is planning to use these funds to arrange for aerial spraying in many areas of Carteret County, including Emerald Isle.  County staff are working to secure an aerial spraying contractor, and we are hopeful that mosquito spraying will occur early next week.  The Town will provide information about the planned aerial spraying when details are finalized.  

Board of Commissioners to Consider Amendment to Allow Temporary Use of Recreational Vehicles for Temporary Housing While Florence Repairs Completed

The Board of Commissioners will conduct a public hearing and consider the temporary use of recreational vehicles for temporary housing at its October 9 regular Board meeting.  The ordinance amendment under consideration would allow a property owner to utilize an RV on their residential property for a short time period (generally 3 - 6 months) while repairs necessitated by Hurricane Florence (or any future significant hurricanes) are performed.  The Board expressed preliminary support for this amendment at its emergency meeting earlier this week, and a formal decision is expected on October 9 at 6 pm.  

Opportunities Available to Volunteer to Help the Town Get Back to Normal Quicker

Numerous individuals have inquired about how they can help the Town with the recovery process. In addition to making a contribution through Emerald Isle Baptist Church (see below), the Town welcomes any volunteer assistance to help clean-up Town facilities and grounds.  The Town has identified the following opportunities for our residents, property owners, visitors, and service groups to be helpful:

  • pick up debris along the NC 58 and Coast Guard Road bicycle paths and place debris in manageable piles for easy collection by Town staff and/or the Town's contractor, 
  • pick up debris at Town parks, including 3rd Street Park, Station Street Park, Ocean Oaks Park, and at the Western Ocean Regional Access and Eastern Ocean Regional Access, and place debris in manageable piles for easy collection by Town staff and/or the Town's contractor, 
  • clear downed trees and other debris from ocean access easements and sound access easements, and place debris at the nearby street edge for collection by Town staff and/or the Town's contractor, and/or 
  • pick up debris along the wide NC 58 right-of-way between the Welcome Center and Coast Guard Road, and place debris in manageable piles for easy collection by Town staff and/or the Town's contractor.

For all of the above opportunities, you don't need to check in with anyone or schedule anything - just do it on your schedule and according to the amount of effort you wish to expend.  If you'd like to volunteer for more strenuous physical labor on the beach strand or in other Town parks, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 252-354-6350 and ask for Alesia Sanderson or Ricky Lanier.  

Thank you for your assistance!  Any of these efforts will help us get Emerald Isle back to normal that much faster!

Emerald Isle Baptist Church Coordinating Local Relief Efforts

Emerald Isle Baptist Church is coordinating local relief efforts in Emerald Isle, and we are grateful for their assistance.  The Church is serving as an assistance, referral, and information center for those in need in our community and for those who wish to contribute to others.  Anyone in the Emerald Isle community in need of special recovery assistance, and those seeking information on available contractors for clean-up and repairs may contact the Church for assistance and information.  

The Church will also serve as a collection point for supplies needed in Emerald Isle, Morehead City, and DownEast Carteret County.  Items requested include cleaning products, diapers, baby formula, and paper products.  (At this time, please do not donate clothing.)  The Church will also accept cash, check, and gift card donations for those in need. Please call 252-354-8795  or  252-424-2349  for assistance or information.

Damaged Pier Being Removed from Emerald Isle Public Boating Access Area

A Town contractor is currently removing a damaged pier from the Emerald Isle Public Boating Access Area, and this should make boat travel easier and safer in the entrance channel.  Town and NC Wildlife Resources Commission (WRC) staff have not yet had a chance to fully assess any underwater debris at the boat ramp facility and in the entrance channel, or the reliability of navigation channel markers nearby, so boaters are advised to exercise caution when using this facility.  We hope to complete a more formal assessment very soon.  

Debris Collections Continue, Steady Progress by Town's Contractor  

The Town's debris contractor continues to operate with a total of 11 collection crews spread out all over Emerald Isle, and progress continues.  Overall, the Town's contractor is now delivering approximately 120 - 160 loads of debris per day to the temporary disposal site located on NC 58 near Peletier Loop Road. These are huge loads, with some as large as 150 cy per load!

As reported in previous updates, Emerald Isle residents who do not want to wait for the Town's contractor to collect debris from the street edge may transport their own debris to a newly established temporary disposal site at Western Park off Old NC 58 in Cedar Point.  Additionally, Carteret County has now established a procedure for your personal contractor to deliver your personal debris to the County's temporary disposal site on NC 58 near Peletier Loop Road, however, the property owner must complete the form in the following link and have the contractor present the form when disposing of debris  -  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/Data/Sites/1/media/pdfs/vegetative-storm-debris-self-haul-form.pdf .  Please note that there is no disposal fee at the County's temporary disposal site, so your personal contractor should not be charging you a fee for disposal.

For street edge collection by the Town's contractor, please help us complete the collection of debris in the most efficient and safe manner by adhering to the following instructions: 

  • please create SEPARATE piles at the street edge, 
  • please create one pile for vegetative debris (trees and limbs), one pile for construction and demolition debris (shingles, siding, plywood, studs, etc.), and one pile for discarded furnishings (carpet, furniture, large personal items),
  • tree and limb debris segments should be no longer than 12 feet, 
  • please place discarded appliances in a separate location at the street edge,
  • please avoid placing piles directly under power lines and other overhead utility lines, as this may present a safety hazard to collection crews and may result in a slower collection process.
  • please note that it is illegal to burn debris within the Town.  

Please be mindful of your neighbors, and place your debris on the street right-of-way in front of your own property, and not on your neighbor's property.  Also, please do not transport your debris to another neighborhood simply because you are impatient, and consider how you would feel if others brought their debris to your neighborhood.  Additionally, DO NOT take debris to Town facilities, as these facilities are being used and/or will soon be used by others in our community for their intended purpose. 

The Town expects debris collection to continue for the next several weeks, and our goal is to collect all debris no later than the end of October.

Soundside Pier Debris

Many private soundside piers were damaged during Hurricane Florence, and there is a significant volume of pier debris along the Bogue Sound and Archers Creek shorelines.  Please note that it is the responsibility of the waterfront property owner to remove all debris from the shoreline on your property.  The Town's contractor will collect the pier debris, free of charge, from the street right-of-way adjacent to your property.  It is the property owner's responsibility to move this debris from the shoreline to the street right-of-way. 

State Issues Precautionary Water Quality Advisory for Coastal Waters

The NC Recreational Water Quality Program has issued a precautionary water quality advisory for all coastal waters south of Dare County, including the Atlantic Ocean and Bogue Sound near Emerald Isle.  A copy of the Septemer 24 precautionary advisory is at  http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/rwq-press-releases .  

Due to impacts from Hurricane Florence, the State has not yet collected samples of the water in the Atlantic Ocean and Bogue Sound near Emerald Isle, and will likely not collect any samples until sometime next week.  In the meantime, the State urges everyone to be mindful that high levels of bacteria may be present in coastal waters, and urges caution.  With the significant inland flood waters discharging to the ocean and sound, there is a increased chance of contamination and an increased chance of adverse health impacts along the entire North Carolina coast.  This advisory is not specific to Emerald Isle, but rather the entire North Carolina coast south of Dare County (Dare County was largely unaffected by Florence). 

For more information, and to seek answers to questions about the potential risks, please contact the NC Recreational Water Quality Program at 252-726-7021 or visit their website at  http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/recreational-water-quality . 

Planned Beach Nourishment Project To Be Considered In October

New, post-Florence beach profile survey work has been completed, and data will be analyzed by coastal engineers in the next two weeks.  After the volume of sand lost as a result of Hurricane Florence is determined, the Town will submit a claim for FEMA assistance to replace the lost sand.  

The Town and County had been actively planning a significant beach nourishment project for eastern Emerald Isle that was scheduled for construction this coming winter.  Ironically, the bid solicitation for this work was scheduled to be released shortly after Hurricane Florence impacted Emerald Isle.  Because of the significant beach erosion caused by Hurricane Florence, the bid solicitation has been delayed until the actual Florence losses are determined.  The Town will need to consider various issues, including the actual volume lost, the likely expansion of the project area in Emerald Isle, permit issues, timing issues, dredge availability, the typical April 30 permit deadline to complete these projects, and FEMA input in finalizing the construction scope and schedule.  A decision on the revised scope and schedule of the beach nourishment project will be made in late October.   

The Town will be working hard to secure a beach nourishment contractor to complete a meaningful beach nourishment project in Emerald Isle this winter, however, depending on the resolution of these issues, it may be necessary to delay nourishment until winter 2019-2020.  The Town does NOT want to delay the project, and will be working hard to construct a project this coming winter.    

Inventory of Open Beach Accesses

A list of beach accesses that remain open for public use after Hurricane Florence is located at  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/public-ocean-accesses-open-post-hurricane-florence .  All other accesses not included on this list sustained damage that prevents safe use by the public, and Town staff will be working diligently to complete and/or contract for the necessary repairs in the coming weeks and months.  Thank you for your patience and understanding while we work to make these accesses better than they were before!

FEMA Opens Disaster Recovery Center in Morehead City

FEMA has opened a local Disaster Recovery Center at the Carteret County Health Department, and it is open daily from 9 am - 7 pm.  FEMA staff are available to assist individuals and small businesses with the recovery process.  For more information, please call the Carteret County Health Department at 252-728-8550 or visit  https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4294-4297/updates/fact-sheet-what-femas-individual-assistance-program to learn more about this program.

Board of Commissioners Approves Waiver of Permit Fees, CAMA Permit Fees Also Waived for Water-Dependent Structures

In an effort to reduce the financial burden on our property owners, the Board of Commissioners has waived all Town permit fees for repairs necessary due to damage from Hurricane Florence.  This permit fee waiver will remain in effect until December 1.  Building permits are still required for all repair work, however, no permit fees will be charged.  Permit fees will continue to be collected for work not attributed to Hurricane Florence.  

Additionally, the NC Division of Coastal Management has also waived all CAMA permit fees for docks, piers, and other water-dependent structures, and has established a streamlined permit process for structures that are replaced with an identical structure.  CAMA permits are still required, however, repair of structures damaged less than 50% may qualify for an exemption. 

Be Careful When Selecting Repair Contractors

Unfortunately, there are always some dishonest individuals preying on disaster victims after an event like Hurricane Florence.  Please be careful when selecting repair contractors!  

Emerald Isle residents and property owners are advised to perform adequate background and reference checks to insure you are dealing with a reputable company or repairman.  It is always helpful to secure multiple price quotes and compare contractors.  

Avoid Contact With Standing Water

Numerous homes in Emerald Isle continue to have standing water in residential yards, many of which include on-site wastewater systems.  Residents are advised to avoid contact with standing water if at all possible, and if contact can not be avoided, wash affected body parts and clothing soon after exposure.  

Standing waters may contain potentially dangerous materials, such as sewage and chemicals. Exposure to these waters may also cause infections or result in injuries.  Buildings or facilities that have been damaged by or exposed to flood waters may also pose health risks from mold, chemicals, electrical hazards, and displaced animals.  Please visit the Centers for Disease Prevention (CDC) website for cautionary steps to take under these conditions - https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/emergency/extreme-weather/floods.html . 

Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival Cancelled

For many reasons associated with Hurricane Florence, the Town has cancelled the 3rd annual re-boot of the iconic Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival (originally scheduled for September 29). This great annual event will be back in 2019, so mark your calendars for September 28, 2019!   

Town Services, Other Information

The normal trash collection schedule is now in effect.  

The Town Administration Building is open during normal business hours (8 am - 5 pm).

The Community Center is open during normal business hours.  Please call the Community Center at 252-354-6350 for information on special classes.  

Emerald Isle Woods Park received extensive damage from Hurricane Florence, and will be closed indefinitely.     

McLean-Spell Park also received damage, and should be used at your own risk until tree debris can be removed.  

The Emerald Isle Fire Department's Open House, scheduled for October 6, has been cancelled.

The Neighborhood Watch Program's Golf With a Cop event, scheduled for October 20, has been cancelled.

Carteret County Schools will reopen on Tuesday, October 2, and the Town's AfterSchool Program will be offered again beginning on October 2.  

Stay Informed!

The Town works hard to keep our residents, property owners, and visitors well-informed, and offers several platforms.

To receive the most current information from the Town of Emerald Isle, please:

- visit the Town's website at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/ , 

- check the Town's Facebook page at Town of Emerald Isle, NC

- follow the Town's Twitter feed: @townemeraldisle
 

- sign up for the Town's email newsletter at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications , 

- sign up for text message alerts at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications , and/or

- download the Emerald Isle APP at Google Play and The APP Store (search for "emerald isle nc") and enable "push" notifications.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, September 27, 2018 5:17:00 PM Categories: News

TOWN'S MAIN FOCUS NOW ON DEBRIS COLLECTION, REPAIRS IN ORDER TO GET EI BACK TO NORMAL - Update #26 - Wednesday, September 26 - 7 pm 

 

Street Flooding Issues Finally Resolved, Allowing Town Staff to Sharpen Focus on Other Recovery Tasks

With a few exceptions where a few inches of water remain over small street segments, all street flooding issues in the Town have been resolved.  The Town is currently only operating a few pumps, most notably along Reed Drive between East Seaview Drive and Mangrove Drive (no ocean discharge) and at the Cape Emerald pond (due solely to the failure of an important Town drainage pipe that discharges to Bogue Sound).  

Town staff's top priorities since Hurricane Florence ended 11 days ago have been the preservation of the potable water supply (in support of Bogue Banks Water Corporation), initial clearing of Town streets of tree debris, the preservation of law and order in the immediate aftermath, the restoration of power (in support of Carteret Craven Electric Cooperative), and the removal of flood waters to make all properties accessible and to enable a quick and effective response by emergency personnel when and where needed.  With all of these top priorities finally resolved, Town staff are now primarily focused on debris collection and repairs to Town infrastructure so we can all get back to normal and enjoy all the great things that Emerald Isle has to offer to our residents, property owners, and visitors!

Debris Collection Efforts Continue, and a New Option for Your Personal Contractor 

The Town's debris contractor continues to operate with a total of 11 collection crews spread out all over Emerald Isle, and progress continues.  The Town expects debris collection to continue for the next several weeks, and our goal is to collect all debris no later than the end of October. 

As reported in previous updates, Emerald Isle residents who do not want to wait for the Town's contractor to collect debris from the street edge may transport their own debris to a newly established temporary disposal site at Western Park off Old NC 58 in Cedar Point.  Additionally, Carteret County has now established a procedure for your personal contractor to deliver your personal debris to the County's temporary disposal site on NC 58 near Peletier Loop Road, however, the property owner must complete the form in the following link and have the contractor present the form when disposing of debris  -  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/Data/Sites/1/media/pdfs/vegetative-storm-debris-self-haul-form.pdf .  Please note that there is no disposal fee at the County's temporary disposal site, so your personal contractor should not be charging you a fee for disposal.

For street edge collection by the Town's contractor, please help us complete the collection of debris in the most efficient and safe manner by adhering to the following instructions: 

  • please create SEPARATE piles at the street edge, 
  • please create one pile for vegetative debris (trees and limbs), one pile for construction and demolition debris (shingles, siding, plywood, studs, etc.), and one pile for discarded furnishings (carpet, furniture, large personal items),
  • tree and limb debris segments should be no longer than 12 feet, 
  • please place discarded appliances in a separate location at the street edge,
  • please avoid placing piles directly under power lines and other overhead utility lines, as this may present a safety hazard to collection crews and may result in a slower collection process.
  • please note that it is illegal to burn debris within the Town.  

Please be mindful of your neighbors, and place your debris on the street right-of-way in front of your own property, and not on your neighbor's property.  Also, please do not transport your debris to another neighborhood simply because you are impatient, and consider how you would feel if others brought their debris to your neighborhood.  Additionally, DO NOT take debris to Town facilities, as these facilities are being used and/or will soon be used by others in our community for their intended purpose. 

State Issues Precautionary Water Quality Advisory for Coastal Waters

The NC Recreational Water Quality Program has issued a precautionary water quality advisory for all coastal waters south of Dare County, including the Atlantic Ocean and Bogue Sound near Emerald Isle.  A copy of the precautionary advisory is at  http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/rwq-press-releases .  

Due to impacts from Hurricane Florence, the State has not yet collected samples of the water in the Atlantic Ocean and Bogue Sound near Emerald Isle, and will likely not collect any samples until sometime next week.  In the meantime, the State urges everyone to be mindful that high levels of bacteria may be present in coastal waters, and urges caution.  With the significant inland flood waters discharging to the ocean and sound, there is a increased chance of contamination and an increased chance of adverse health impacts along the entire North Carolina coast.  This advisory is not specific to Emerald Isle, but rather the entire North Carolina coast south of Dare County, which was largely unaffected by Florence. 

For more information, and to seek answers to questions about the potential risks, please contact the NC Recreational Water Quality Program at 252-726-7021 or visit their website at  http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/recreational-water-quality . 

Town Working to Line Up Aerial Mosquito Spraying, Targeting Early Next Week for Spraying

It does not appear that the State will be assisting with aerial mosquito spraying, so Town staff are currently working to secure multiple price quotes for aerial spraying within Emerald Isle (and potentially in partnership with other Bogue Banks towns).  Additional analysis is required (and ongoing), however, it is likely that aerial spraying could occur overnight on Monday or Tuesday next week.  More details will be provided once they become available. 

Planned Beach Nourishment Project To Be Considered In October

New, post-Florence beach profile survey work has been completed, and data will be analyzed by coastal engineers in the next two weeks.  After the volume of sand lost as a result of Hurricane Florence is determined, the Town will submit a claim for FEMA assistance to replace the lost sand.  

The Town and County had been actively planning a significant beach nourishment project for eastern Emerald Isle that was scheduled for construction this coming winter.  Ironically, the bid solicitation for this work was scheduled to be released shortly after Hurricane Florence impacted Emerald Isle.  Because of the significant beach erosion caused by Hurricane Florence, the bid solicitation has been delayed until the actual Florence losses are determined.  The Town will need to consider various issues, including the actual volume lost, the likely expansion of the project area in Emerald Isle, permit issues, timing issues, dredge availability, the typical April 30 permit deadline to complete these projects, and FEMA input in finalizing the construction scope and schedule.  A decision on the revised scope and schedule of the beach nourishment project will be made in late October.   

The Town will be working hard to secure a beach nourishment contractor to complete a meaningful beach nourishment project in Emerald Isle this winter, however, depending on the resolution of these issues, it may be necessary to delay nourishment until winter 2019-2020.  The Town does NOT want to delay the project, and will be working hard to construct a project this coming winter.    

Inventory of Open Beach Accesses

A list of beach accesses that remain open for public use after Hurricane Florence is located at  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/public-ocean-accesses-open-post-hurricane-florence .  All other accesses not included on this list sustained damage that prevents safe use by the public, and Town staff will be working diligently to complete and/or contract for the necessary repairs in the coming weeks and months.  Thank you for your patience and understanding while we work to make these accesses better than they were before!

Beach Open for Beach Driving This Weekend

Beach driving season normally begins on September 15 each year, however, Hurricane Florence delayed the start of the season this year.  With Town staff expecting to complete beach cleanup activities later this week, the Town will open the beach for driving this Saturday morning.  Please note that beach driving will be permitted from 7 am - 7 pm only, at least initially.  

Beach driving permits are on sale at the Town Administration Building during normal business hours.  Beach driving information and an online permit application is also available at  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/beach-driving . 

Use the Emerald Isle Public Boating Access Area at Your Own Risk

Town staff and NC Wildlife Resources Commission (WRC) staff have not yet assessed any underwater debris at the boat ramp facility and in the entrance channel, so boaters are advised to exercise caution when using this facility.  Town and WRC staff hope to have a damaged pier section removed from the entrance channel in the next couple of days, and plan to complete a more formal assessment before this weekend.   

Town Working to Restore NC 58 and Coast Guard Road Bike Paths to Normal Condition

Due to Town staff's focus on other more pressing recovery efforts up until now, there are still several areas along the Town's bicycle path network that are cluttered with debris.  There is also a small segment of the bicycle path along Coast Guard Road near Sea Dunes Drive that was damaged by a critical water line break during the storm, and it will take some time to have new asphalt placed in this area.  

The Town's debris contractor and Town staff will be working in the coming days to remove debris from the path and return the path to normal condition (with the exception of the damaged segment near Sea Dunes Drive).  Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to return the bicycle path to normal condition.

FEMA Opens Disaster Recovery Center in Morehead City

FEMA has opened a local Disaster Recovery Center at the Carteret County Health Department, and it is open daily from 9 am - 7 pm.  FEMA staff are available to assist individuals and small businesses with the recovery process.  For more information, please call the Carteret County Health Department at 252-728-8550 or visit  https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4294-4297/updates/fact-sheet-what-femas-individual-assistance-program to learn more about this program.

Board of Commissioners Approves Waiver of Permit Fees, CAMA Permit Fees Also Waived for Water-Dependent Structures

In an effort to reduce the financial burden on our property owners, the Board of Commissioners has waived all Town permit fees for repairs necessary due to damage from Hurricane Florence.  This permit fee waiver will remain in effect until December 1.  Building permits are still required for all repair work, however, no permit fees will be charged.  Permit fees will continue to be collected for work not attributed to Hurricane Florence.  

Additionally, the NC Division of Coastal Management has also waived all CAMA permit fees for docks, piers, and other water-dependent structures, and has established a streamlined permit process for structures that are replaced with an identical structure.  CAMA permits are still required, however, repair of structures damaged less than 50% may qualify for an exemption. 

Soundside Pier Debris

Many private soundside piers were damaged during Hurricane Florence, and there is a significant volume of pier debris along the Bogue Sound and Archers Creek shorelines.  Please note that it is the responsibility of the waterfront property owner to remove all debris from the shoreline on your property.  The Town's contractor will collect the pier debris, free of charge, from the street right-of-way adjacent to your property.  It is the property owner's responsibility to move this debris from the shoreline to the street right-of-way. 

Be Careful When Selecting Repair Contractors

Unfortunately, there are always some dishonest individuals preying on disaster victims after an event like Hurricane Florence.  Please be careful when selecting repair contractors!  

Emerald Isle residents and property owners are advised to perform adequate background and reference checks to insure you are dealing with a reputable company or repairman.  It is always helpful to secure multiple price quotes and compare contractors.  

Avoid Contact With Standing Water

Numerous homes in Emerald Isle continue to have standing water in residential yards, many of which include on-site wastewater systems.  Residents are advised to avoid contact with standing water if at all possible, and if contact can not be avoided, wash affected body parts and clothing soon after exposure.  

Standing waters may contain potentially dangerous materials, such as sewage and chemicals. Exposure to these waters may also cause infections or result in injuries.  Buildings or facilities that have been damaged by or exposed to flood waters may also pose health risks from mold, chemicals, electrical hazards, and displaced animals.  Please visit the Centers for Disease Prevention (CDC) website for cautionary steps to take under these conditions - https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/emergency/extreme-weather/floods.html . 

Emerald Isle Baptist Church Coordinating Local Relief Efforts

Emerald Isle Baptist Church is coordinating local relief efforts in Emerald Isle, and we are grateful for their assistance.  The Church is serving as an assistance, referral, and information center for those in need in our community and for those who wish to contribute to others.  Anyone in the Emerald Isle community in need of special recovery assistance, and those seeking information on available contractors for clean-up and repairs may contact the Church for assistance and information.  

The Church will also serve as a collection point for supplies needed in Emerald Isle, Morehead City, and DownEast Carteret County.  Items requested include cleaning products, diapers, baby formula, and paper products.  (At this time, please do not donate clothing.)  The Church will also accept cash, check, and gift card donations for those in need. Please call 252-354-8795  or  252-424-2349  for assistance or information. 

Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival Cancelled

For many reasons associated with Hurricane Florence, the Town has cancelled the 3rd annual re-boot of the iconic Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival (originally scheduled for September 29).  This great annual event will be back in 2019, so mark your calendars for September 28, 2019!   

Town Services, Other Information

The popular Coffee With A Cop session is still on, and will be held on Thursday at 9 am at The Trading Post in downtown Emerald Isle.  Come on down and meet EI's finest!

The normal trash collection schedule is now in effect.  

The Town Administration Building is open during normal business hours (8 am - 5 pm).

The Community Center is open during normal business hours.  The AfterSchool Program will not operate this week.  Please call the Community Center at 252-354-6350 for information on special classes.  

Emerald Isle Woods Park received extensive damage from Hurricane Florence, and will be closed indefinitely.     

McLean-Spell Park also received damage, and should be used at your own risk until tree debris can be removed.  

The Emerald Isle Fire Department's Open House, scheduled for October 6, has been cancelled.

The Neighborhood Watch Program's Golf With a Cop event, scheduled for October 20, has been cancelled.

Carteret County Schools are closed all week from September 24 - 28. 

Stay Informed!

The Town works hard to keep our residents, property owners, and visitors well-informed, and offers several platforms.

To receive the most current information from the Town of Emerald Isle, please:

- visit the Town's website at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/ , 

- check the Town's Facebook page at Town of Emerald Isle, NC

- follow the Town's Twitter feed: @townemeraldisle

- sign up for the Town's email newsletter at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications , 

- sign up for text message alerts at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications , and/or

- download the Emerald Isle APP at Google Play and The APP Store (search for "emerald isle nc") and enable "push" notifications.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, September 26, 2018 7:03:00 PM Categories: News

Public Ocean Accesses Open Post Hurricane Florence 

 

3rd Street Park

5th Street

8th Street

9th Street

10th Street

14th Street

19th Street

20th Street

21st Street

3113 Ocean Drive

Gregg Street

Tammy Street

Huber Street

Georgia Street

How Street

Alex Street

Bryan Street

Edna Street

Joel Street

Elizabeth Street

Fairfax Street

Beachview

West Landing

Sea Crest

Whitewater

Ebbtide

Santa Maria

Bluewater

Tracy Street

James Street

Lee Street

Eagle’s Nest

Seagull

Shore Rush

Shell

Ocean Crest

Western Ocean Regional Access

Fawn

Deer Horn

Sea Dunes

Conch

Ocean Oaks

Page Place/Randy’s Way

Wyndtree

Channel

Point

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, September 26, 2018 2:50:00 PM Categories: News

PUMPING OPERATIONS WINDING DOWN, BEACH DRIVING BEGINS THIS WEEKEND - Update #25 - Tuesday, September 25 - 8 pm 

 Remind Yourself How Great Emerald Isle Is!  

The entire Emerald Isle community is working hard to get life back to normal as soon as possible, and Emerald Isle will definitely be back better than ever!  

For a nice reminder of how great our community is, check out this great slide show prepared by Emerald Owl Productions at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pwjs-odAUtE&feature=youtu.be , and also check out this video to see for yourself why nice matters in Emerald Isle -  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/see-for-yourself-why-nice-matters-in-emerald-isle-  . 

Pumping Operations Nearly Complete, No More Ocean Discharges

The Town is winding down pumping operations, as nearly all streets in the Town are now passable for nearly all vehicles.  There are isolated areas with a few inches of water over the road, however, nearly all vehicles can drive through these areas.  The Town continues to maintain storm water pumps in a handful of locations, primarily to combat groundwater recharge, however, there are no longer any discharges to the Atlantic Ocean.  A few town pumps continue to operate, and are discharging to Bogue Sound or other Town-owned or controlled properties, and the Emerald Isle Woods emergency discharge remains open. 

The Town is pleased to have mostly resolved the storm water flooding concerns on Town streets, and can now shift its focus to other important recovery tasks.  The Town was fortunate to receive helpful assistance from several portable rental pump suppliers from all over North Carolina as we addressed these significant storm water flooding concerns, and greatly appreciates their help! 

Beach Clean-Up Efforts Continue

Town staff continue to remove debris from the beach strand and the dune areas, and are making steady progress.  Another group of US Marines from MCAS Cherry Point is expected to assist later this week, and the Town greatly appreciates their assistance!  The Town expects to have all scattered debris consolidated in manageable piles at the base of the dune escarpment by Friday, and will then retain a contractor to collect all debris and deliver it to the temporary disposal site on the mainland.  

Beach Open for Beach Driving This Weekend

Beach driving season normally begins on September 15 each year, however, Hurricane Florence delayed the start of the season this year.  With Town staff expecting to complete beach cleanup activities later this week, the Town will open the beach for driving this Saturday morning.  Please note that beach driving will be permitted from 7 am - 7 pm only, at least initially.  

Beach driving permits will go on sale again on Wednesday morning at 8 am at the Town Administration Building.  Beach driving information is also available at  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/beach-driving , and the online permit application will again be active beginning on Wednesday morning. 

Use the Emerald Isle Public Boating Access Area at Your Own Risk

Town staff and NC Wildlife Resources Commission (WRC) staff have not yet assessed any underwater debris at the boat ramp facility and in the entrance channel, so boaters are advised to exercise caution when using this facility.  Town and WRC staff hope to have a damaged pier section removed from the entrance channel in the next couple of days, and plan to complete a more formal assessment before this weekend.   

NC 58 and Coast Guard Road Bike Paths Slowly Being Cleared

Due to other more pressing recovery efforts, Town staff have not yet been able to devote significant time to clearing the entire NC 58 and Coast Guard Road bicycle paths, and the necessary stockpiling of debris is also encroaching on the bicycle path in many areas.  Town staff have directed the Town's debris contractors to place a priority on debris collections along NC 58 and Coast Guard Road in order to present a neat, clean image along our main roads, and also to promote safe and enjoyable use of the bicycle paths.  

Debris Collection Efforts Continue, New Temporary Disposal Site for Residents Hauling Own Debris

The Town's debris contractor continues to operate with a total of 11 collection crews spread out all over Emerald Isle, and is making good progress.  The Town expects debris collection to continue for the next several weeks, and our goal is to collect all debris no later than the end of October. 

Please help us complete the collection of debris in the most efficient and safe manner by adhering to the following instructions: 

  • please create SEPARATE piles at the street edge, 
  • please create one pile for vegetative debris (trees and limbs), one pile for construction and demolition debris (shingles, siding, plywood, studs, etc.), and one pile for discarded furnishings (carpet, furniture, large personal items),
  • tree and limb debris segments should be no longer than 12 feet, 
  • please place discarded appliances in a separate location at the street edge,
  • please avoid placing piles directly under power lines and other overhead utility lines, as this may present a safety hazard to collection crews and may result in a slower collection process.
  • please note that it is illegal to burn debris within the Town.  

Residents who do not want to wait for the Town's contractors to arrive may transport their own debris to a newly established temporary disposal site at Western Park off Old NC 58 in Cedar Point.

Please be mindful of your neighbors, and place your debris on the street right-of-way in front of your own property, and not on your neighbor's property.  Also, please do not transport your debris to another neighborhood simply because you are impatient, and consider how you would feel if others brought their debris to your neighborhood.  Additionally, DO NOT take debris to Town facilities, as these facilities are being used and/or will soon be used by others in our community for their intended purpose. 

FEMA Opens Disaster Recovery Center in Morehead City

FEMA has opened a local Disaster Recovery Center at the Carteret County Health Department, and it is open daily from 9 am - 7 pm.  FEMA staff are available to assist individuals and small businesses with the recovery process.  For more information, please call the Carteret County Health Department at 252-728-8550 or visit  https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4294-4297/updates/fact-sheet-what-femas-individual-assistance-program to learn more about this program.

 

No Decision Yet on Mosquito Spraying

The Town has not yet received a response to our request to the State for aerial mosquito spraying or ground-spraying.  We remain hopeful that the State will offer assistance for spraying in the near future.  In the meantime, the Town is also exploring other strategies to provide comprehensive mosquito spraying in Emerald Isle, as we expect the mosquito population to explode in the coming days.   

Board of Commissioners Approves Waiver of Permit Fees, CAMA Permit Fees Also Waived for Water-Dependent Structures

In an effort to reduce the financial burden on our property owners, the Board of Commissioners has waived all Town permit fees for repairs necessary due to damage from Hurricane Florence.  This permit fee waiver will remain in effect until December 1.  Building permits are still required for all repair work, however, no permit fees will be charged.  Permit fees will continue to be collected for work not attributed to Hurricane Florence.  

Additionally, the NC Division of Coastal Management has also waived all CAMA permit fees for docks, piers, and other water-dependent structures, and has established a streamlined permit process for structures that are replaced with an identical structure.  CAMA permits are still required, however, repair of structures damaged less than 50% may qualify for an exemption. 

Soundside Pier Debris

Many private soundside piers were damaged during Hurricane Florence, and there is a significant volume of pier debris along the Bogue Sound and Archers Creek shorelines.  Please note that it is the responsibility of the waterfront property owner to remove all debris from the shoreline on your property.  The Town's contractor will collect the pier debris, free of charge, from the street right-of-way adjacent to your property.  It is the property owner's responsibility to move this debris from the shoreline to the street right-of-way. 

Be Careful When Selecting Repair Contractors

Unfortunately, there are always some dishonest individuals preying on disaster victims after an event like Hurricane Florence.  Please be careful when selecting repair contractors!  

Emerald Isle residents and property owners are advised to perform adequate background and reference checks to insure you are dealing with a reputable company or repairman.  It is always helpful to secure multiple price quotes and compare contractors.  

Avoid Contact With Standing Water

Hundreds of homes in Emerald Isle continue to have standing water in residential yards, many of which include on-site wastewater systems.  Residents are advised to avoid contact with standing water if at all possible, and if contact can not be avoided, wash affected body parts and clothing soon after exposure.  

Standing waters may contain potentially dangerous materials, such as sewage and chemicals. Exposure to these waters may also cause infections or result in injuries.  Buildings or facilities that have been damaged by or exposed to flood waters may also pose health risks from mold, chemicals, electrical hazards, and displaced animals.  Please visit the Centers for Disease Prevention (CDC) website for cautionary steps to take under these conditions - https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/emergency/extreme-weather/floods.html . 

Emerald Isle Baptist Church Coordinating Local Relief Efforts

Emerald Isle Baptist Church is coordinating local relief efforts in Emerald Isle, and we are grateful for their assistance.  The Church is serving as an assistance, referral, and information center for those in need in our community and for those who wish to contribute to others.  Anyone in the Emerald Isle community in need of special recovery assistance, and those seeking information on available contractors for clean-up and repairs may contact the Church for assistance and information.  

The Church will also serve as a collection point for supplies needed in Emerald Isle, Morehead City, and DownEast Carteret County.  Items requested include cleaning products, diapers, baby formula, and paper products.  (At this time, please do not donate clothing.)  The Church will also accept cash, check, and gift card donations for those in need. Please call 252-354-8795  or  252-424-2349  for assistance or information.   

Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival Cancelled

For many reasons associated with Hurricane Florence, the Town has cancelled the 3rd annual re-boot of the iconic Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival (originally scheduled for September 29).  This great annual event will be back in 2019, so mark your calendars for September 28, 2019!   

Town Services, Other Information

The popular Coffee With A Cop session is still on, and will be held on Thursday at 9 am at The Trading Post in downtown Emerald Isle.  Come on down and meet EI's finest!

The normal trash collection schedule is now in effect, however, recycling will not be collected on Wednesday, September 26 due to hurricane damage at the recycling facility.  

The Town Administration Building is open during normal business hours (8 am - 5 pm).

The Community Center is open during normal business hours.  The AfterSchool Program will not operate this week.  Please call the Community Center at 252-354-6350 for information on special classes.  

Emerald Isle Woods Park received extensive damage from Hurricane Florence, and will be closed indefinitely.     

Carteret County Schools are closed all week from September 24 - 28. 

Town of Emerald Isle Updates on Hurricane Florence Will Now Be Daily

The Town will now provide one daily update about our recovery efforts, and the daily update will generally be distributed in late afternoon or early evening hours.  

Stay Informed!

The Town works hard to keep our residents, property owners, and visitors well-informed, and offers several platforms

To receive the most current information from the Town of Emerald Isle, please:

- visit the Town's website at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/ , 

- check the Town's Facebook page at Town of Emerald Isle, NC

- follow the Town's Twitter feed: @townemeraldisle

- sign up for the Town's email newsletter at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications , 

- sign up for text message alerts at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications , and/or

- download the Emerald Isle APP at Google Play and The APP Store (search for "emerald isle nc") and enable "push" notifications.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, September 25, 2018 8:06:00 PM Categories: News

Be Careful When Selecting Repair Contractors 

 

Unfortunately, there are always some dishonest individuals preying on disaster victims after an event like Hurricane Florence.  Please be careful when selecting repair contractors!  

Emerald Isle residents and property owners are advised to perform adequate background and reference checks to insure you are dealing with a reputable company or repairman.  It is always helpful to secure multiple price quotes and compare contractors.  

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, September 25, 2018 8:56:00 AM Categories: News

STEADY PROGRESS TOWARD RECOVERY- Update #24 - Monday, September 24 - 7 pm  

 

Board of Commissioners Approves Waiver of Permit Fees

The Board of Commissioners met in a special emergency meeting this morning to receive an update on the Town's recovery from Hurricane Florence.  In an effort to reduce the financial burden on our property owners, the Board voted unanimously to waive all Town permit fees for repairs necessary due to damage from Hurricane Florence.  This permit fee waiver will remain in effect until December 1.  Building permits are still required for all repair work, however, no permit fees will be charged.  Permit fees will continue to be collected for work not attributed to Hurricane Florence.  

Power On Everywhere in Emerald Isle

Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative reports that all customers in Emerald Isle now have power restored.  Thank you to Carteret-Craven and their disaster partners!

Town Not Able to Pump Flood Waters from Residential Yards

Town officials have received numerous requests from individual property owners to pump standing water from private residential yards.  The Town truly sympathizes will all property owners that have standing water in the yard and/or in the ground floor area, however, there are literally hundreds of properties in Emerald Isle with significant standing water.  Unfortunately, it is simply not possible for the Town to deploy storm water pumps to every property owner in need. The Town recognizes the significant health concerns and inconvenience caused by the standing water, but unfortunately all of us in Emerald Isle are simply going to have to wait until the waters subside naturally.  

The standing water is frustrating for everyone in Emerald Isle, but if you are impacted by standing water in your yard you are not the only one.  Please be a good neighbor, and don't pump your water onto someone else's property or onto the street where it will impact your neighbors.  We're all dealing with the same issues, and we all need to work together!

Town Pumping Efforts Focused on Removing Flood Waters from Streets

The Town's pumping efforts continue, and have been and remain focused on clearing flood waters from all streets in the Town in order to enable property owners to access their property and also to enable emergency vehicles to respond quickly and safely to all in need during an emergency. With the exception of the areas listed below, all streets in the Town should be passable by most vehicles.  Some streets in Emerald Isle remain covered with a few inches of water over the road, but most vehicles are able to safely travel through these areas. 

Town staff are currently operating and/or supporting a total of 27 fixed and portable rental storm water pumps that are deployed in various locations where streets remain flooded and/or groundwater recharge continues to cause new flooding issues (in areas that have already been cleared).  The most significant street flooding issues remaining are in the Lands End subdivision, on Reed Drive near West Seaview Drive, on Channel Drive, on Ocean Drive near Doe Drive, and on Ocean Drive near the 5600 block.  

The Town continues to slowly make progress on the remaining street flooding issues, and is hopeful that pumping activities will cease later this week.  

Soundside Pier Debris

Many private soundside piers were damaged during Hurricane Florence, and there is a significant volume of pier debris along the Bogue Sound and Archers Creek shorelines.  Please note that it is the responsibility of the waterfront property owner to remove all debris from the shoreline on your property.  The Town's contractor will collect the pier debris, free of charge, from the street right-of-way adjacent to your property.  It is the property owner's responsibility to move this debris from the shoreline to the street right-of-way. 

Debris Contractor Adds More Crews, Trucks Working All Over Emerald Isle

The Town's debris contractor continues to add additional crews in Emerald Isle, and there are now 11 different crews working in various neighborhoods spread all over Emerald Isle.  Many of the trucks are double-capacity trucks, enabling the most efficient transport of collected debris to the disposal sites.  The Town and our contractor are working hard to collect debris in the quickest manner, with a goal to complete all debris collections before the end of October.   

Please help us complete the collection of debris in the most efficient and safe manner by adhering to the following instructions: 

  • please create SEPARATE piles at the street edge, 
  • please create one pile for vegetative debris (trees and limbs), one pile for construction and demolition debris (shingles, siding, plywood, studs, etc.), and one pile for discarded furnishings (carpet, furniture, large personal items),
  • tree and limb debris segments should be no longer than 12 feet, 
  • please place discarded appliances in a separate location at the street edge,
  • please avoid placing piles directly under power lines and other overhead utility lines, as this may present a safety hazard to collection crews and may result in a slower collection process.

If you do not want to wait for the Town's contractors to arrive, and want to transport your own debris, you may take vegetative debris to the temporary Carteret County disposal site located at 1494 Highway 58 in Peletier.  This site is located near the elevated water tank in Peletier, and is open from 7 am - 7 pm every day.  You may also take construction and demolition debris and discarded furnishings to the regular Carteret County Convenience Site located on Fire Tower Road near the intersection of NC 58 / Old Church Road / Fire Tower Road ( http://www.carteretcountync.gov/470/Solid-Waste-Recycling ) .  There is no charge for Emerald Isle residents to take debris to these two sites.   

Please be mindful of your neighbors, and place your debris on the street right-of-way in front of your own property, and not on your neighbor's property.  Also, please do not transport your debris to another neighborhood simply because you are impatient, and consider how you would feel if others brought their debris to your neighborhood.  Additionally, DO NOT take debris to Town facilities, as these facilities are being used and/or will be used by others in our community for their intended purpose.

Please note that it is illegal to burn debris within the Town. 

Town Requests Aerial Spraying and Ground Spraying for Mosquitoes

With all of the standing water in Emerald Isle, we are bracing for a significant mosquito problem in the coming days.  Because the Town's ground-spraying capabilities are limited, the Town has submitted a formal request to the State Emergency Operations Center for aerial mosquito spraying.  

The Town has also submitted a separate request for ground-spraying through the State in the event that aerial spraying is not authorized.  With Town staff continuing to work long hours to address storm water flooding, it will be difficult to devote adequate Town resources to ground-spraying, and we are hopeful that State assistance will be forthcoming. 

We hope to receive a response to these requests any day this week.  Any aerial or ground-spraying activities will be consistent with Federal and State regulations and guidelines, and every effort will be made to complete spraying activities in the middle of the night.  The Town will provide ample notice prior to any spraying activities via the regular daily updates. 

Be Careful When Selecting Repair Contractors

Unfortunately, there are always some dishonest individuals preying on disaster victims after an event like Hurricane Florence.  Please be careful when selecting repair contractors!  

Emerald Isle residents and property owners are advised to perform adequate background and reference checks to insure you are dealing with a reputable company or repairman.  It is always helpful to secure multiple price quotes and compare contractors.  

Avoid Contact With Standing Water

Hundreds of homes in Emerald Isle have standing water in residential yards, many of which include on-site wastewater systems.  Residents are advised to avoid contact with standing water if at all possible, and if contact can not be avoided, wash affected body parts and clothing soon after exposure.  

Flood waters or standing waters may contain potentially dangerous materials, such as sewage and chemicals.  Exposure to flood waters can also cause infections or result in injuries.  Buildings or facilities that have been damaged by or exposed to flood waters may also pose health risks from mold, chemicals, electrical hazards, and displaced animals.  Please visit the Centers for Disease Prevention (CDC) website for cautionary steps to take under these conditions - https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/emergency/extreme-weather/floods.html . 

Town Staff Continue Beach Cleanup Activities, Work Focused on The Point

It appears that the largest concentration of wooden debris on the beach washed up in the general area of The Point, and Town staff continue efforts to remove this debris.  The volume is significant, and the progress is slow, but Town staff hope to have all debris collected from the beach strand later this week.  Additional assistance from MCAS Cherry Point Marines is expected later this week.  

Beach Driving Decision Expected Later This Week 

Town staff will continue beach cleanup operations this week, and we hope to have the entire 12 miles of beach suitable for beach driving later in the week.  An announcement will be included in a future Hurricane Florence Update.    

Emerald Isle Baptist Church Coordinating Local Relief Efforts

Emerald Isle Baptist Church is coordinating local relief efforts in Emerald Isle, and we are grateful for their assistance.  The Church is serving as an assistance, referral, and information center for those in need in our community and for those who wish to contribute to others.  Anyone in the Emerald Isle community in need of special recovery assistance, and those seeking information on available contractors for clean-up and repairs may contact the Church for assistance and information.  

The Church will also serve as a collection point for supplies needed in Emerald Isle, Morehead City, and DownEast Carteret County.  Items requested include cleaning products, diapers, baby formula, and paper products.  (At this time, please do not donate clothing.)  The Church will also accept cash, check, and gift card donations for those in need. Please call 252-354-8795  or  252-424-2349  for assistance or information.   

Two Reliable Travel Routes to Emerald Isle

Travel from the Raleigh area (or other nearby points) is possible by two routes.  It remains possible to travel on I-40 east to NC 24 east, through Jacksonville and then on to Emerald Isle. It is also possible to travel via US 264 east to Washington, then US 17 south to New Bern, followed by US 70 east to Morehead City, and then NC 24 west to Emerald Isle.  

Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival Cancelled

For many reasons associated with Hurricane Florence, the Town has decided to cancel the 3rd annual re-boot of the iconic Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival (originally scheduled for September 29).  This great annual event will be back in 2019, so mark your calendars for September 28, 2019! 

Town Services, Other Information

The normal trash collection schedule is now in effect, however, recycling will not be collected on Wednesday, September 26 due to hurricane damage at the recycling facility.  

The Town Administration Building is open during normal business hours (8 am - 5 pm).

The Community Center is open during normal business hours.  The AfterSchool Program will not operate this week, however, a special all day program is available to AtfterSchool Program participants on Tuesday from 7:30 am - 5:30 pm.  Please call the Community Center at 252-354-6350 for information on the schedule for specific classes, as these classes will be offered based on the availability of instructors.  

Blue Heron Park tennis courts remain closed.  

Emerald Isle Woods Park received extensive damage from Hurricane Florence, and will be closed indefinitely.     

Carteret County Schools are closed all week from September 24 - 28. 

Town of Emerald Isle Updates on Hurricane Florence Will Now Be Daily

The Town will now provide one daily update about our recovery efforts, and the daily update will generally be distributed in late afternoon or early evening hours.  

Stay Informed!

The Town works hard to keep our residents, property owners, and visitors well-informed, and offers several platforms.

To receive the most current information from the Town of Emerald Isle, please:

- visit the Town's website at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/ , 

- check the Town's Facebook page at Town of Emerald Isle, NC

- follow the Town's Twitter feed: @townemeraldisle

- sign up for the Town's email newsletter at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications , 

- sign up for text message alerts at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications , and/or

- download the Emerald Isle APP at Google Play and The APP Store (search for "emerald isle nc") and enable "push" notifications.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, September 24, 2018 6:43:00 PM Categories: News

HARD WORK CONTINUES IN EMERALD ISLE- Update #23 - Sunday, September 23 - 5 pm 

 

Debris Collection Efforts Ramping Up, Additional Crews Working in EI

The Town's contractor continues debris collection from the street right-of-way, and is making good initial progress.  As of today, the contractor is now operating with a total of 6 debris collection crews, and 3 more crews are expected to begin work on Monday.  Several debris collection trucks are double-capacity, with collection volumes up to 87 cubic yards per load - that's a big truck!

Please help us complete the collection of debris in the most efficient and safe manner by adhering to the following instructions: 

  • please create SEPARATE piles at the street edge, 
  • please create one pile for vegetative debris (trees and limbs), one pile for construction and demolition debris (shingles, siding, plywood, studs, etc.), and one pile for discarded furnishings (carpet, furniture, large personal items),
  • tree and limb debris segments should be no longer than 12 feet, 
  • please place discarded appliances in a separate location at the street edge,
  • please avoid placing piles directly under power lines and other overhead utility lines, as this may present a safety hazard to collection crews and may result in a slower collection process.

If you do not want to wait for the Town's contractors to arrive, and want to transport your own debris, you may take vegetative debris to the temporary Carteret County disposal site located at 1494 Highway 58 in Peletier.  This site is located near the elevated water tank in Peletier, and is open from 7 am - 7 pm every day.  You may also take construction and demolition debris and discarded furnishings to the regular Carteret County Convenience Site located on Fire Tower Road near the intersection of NC 58 / Old Church Road / Fire Tower Road ( http://www.carteretcountync.gov/470/Solid-Waste-Recycling ) .  There is no charge for Emerald Isle residents to take debris to these two sites.   

Please note that it is illegal to burn debris within the Town. 

Town Requests Aerial Mosquito Spraying

With all of the standing water in Emerald Isle, we are bracing for a significant mosquito problem in the coming days.  Because the Town's ground-spraying capabilities are limited, the Town has submitted a formal request to the State Emergency Operations Center for aerial mosquito spraying.  We hope to receive an answer on this request in the next few days. 

Be Careful When Selecting Repair Contractors

Unfortunately, there are always some dishonest individuals preying on disaster victims after an event like Hurricane Florence.  Please be careful when selecting repair contractors!  

Emerald Isle residents and property owners are advised to perform adequate background and reference checks to insure you are dealing with a reputable company or repairman.  It is always helpful to secure multiple price quotes and compare contractors.  

Most Streets Cleared of Significant Street Flooding

The Town has been pumping flooded streets ever since Hurricane Florence ended, and we have made great progress over the past week.  With the exception of the Lands End subdivision, nearly all streets in Emerald Isle are passable by nearly all types of vehicles, although there may be some small amount of water remaining over the road in some locations.  

Please note that it may still be be necessary to drive through a few inches of water in the following areas:  Ocean Drive in the general vicinity of Hurst Drive, Ocean Drive in the vicinity of Deer Horn Drive, Wyndtree Drive, Channel Drive, Shipwreck Lane in the vicinity of Colonel Hanson Court, and along the edges of Coast Guard Road.  The Town continues pumping operations, and either already has pumps operating in these locations or will soon deploy additional pumps.  In some cases, the Town has already pumped down certain areas, only to see groundwater seep back in and re-flood these areas.  The Town will continue to operate pumps in these areas until water levels stabilize.  

The Town continues to assist the Lands End subdivision with significant flooding issues. Thankfully, water levels are dropping as a result of enhanced pumping activities, however, groundwater recharge presents an additional challenge in this area.  Several streets in Lands End remain impassable for all but high-clearance vehicles.  The Town hopes to have all streets in Lands End passable in the next day or two, at which time pumping will cease.    

The Town's focus is on removing storm water from streets to enable vehicles to travel safely and efficiently through these areas, and the Town simply does not have the resources to deploy pumps to the hundreds of private properties with standing water in yards.  There remain hundreds of homes with significant standing water in yards or over septic drain fields, and, unfortunately, all of us will simply need to wait for the water to gradually soak into the ground.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Avoid Contact With Standing Water

Hundreds of homes in Emerald Isle have standing water in residential yards, many of which include on-site wastewater systems.  Residents are advised to avoid contact with standing water if at all possible, and if contact can not be avoided, wash affected body parts and clothing soon after exposure.  

Flood waters or standing waters may contain potentially dangerous materials, such as sewage and chemicals.  Exposure to flood waters can also cause infections or result in injuries.  Buildings or facilities that have been damaged by or exposed to flood waters may also pose health risks from mold, chemicals, electrical hazards, and displaced animals.  Please visit the Centers for Disease Prevention (CDC) website for cautionary steps to take under these conditions - https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/emergency/extreme-weather/floods.html . 

MCAS Cherry Point Marines Continue to Assist with Beach Cleanup

Another team of 29 US Marines from MCAS Cherry Point assisted Town staff with the collection of debris on the beach strand and in the dunes on Sunday.  Today's efforts focused primarily in the area near The Point, where most of the wooden debris appears to have washed ashore in Emerald Isle.  Thanks again to MCAS Cherry Point!

Beach Driving Decision Expected Later This Week 

Town staff will continue beach cleanup operations this week, and we hope to have the entire 12 miles of beach suitable for beach driving later in the week.  An announcement will be included in a future Hurricane Florence Update.    

Getting A Little Bit Closer to "Normal" in Emerald Isle

Many people in Emerald Isle are hard at work removing damaged materials from homes and collecting vegetative debris, and are slowly getting at least a little bit closer to "normal".  Some in Emerald Isle experienced very little damage, and are helping their neighbors clean up.

Most Emerald Isle businesses are open, and are happy to serve our community again.  Some lucky folks are also able to finally take a break and relax on the beach!  Although much work remains to get all the way back to "normal", we're all getting a little bit closer each day.  

Emerald Isle Baptist Church Coordinating Local Relief Efforts

Beginning Monday, September 24, Emerald Isle Baptist Church will be coordinating local relief efforts.  The Church will serve as an assistance, referral, and information center for those in need in our community and for those who wish to contribute to others.  Anyone in the Emerald Isle community in need of special recovery assistance, and those seeking information on available contractors for clean-up and repairs may contact the Church for assistance and information.  

The Church will also serve as a collection point for supplies needed in Emerald Isle, Morehead City, and DownEast Carteret County.  Items requested include cleaning products, diapers, baby formula, and paper products.  (At this time, please do not donate clothing.)  The Church will also accept cash, check, and gift card donations for those in need. Please call 252-354-8795  or  252-424-2349  for assistance or information.   

Two Reliable Travel Routes to Emerald Isle

Travel from the Raleigh area (or other nearby points) is possible by two routes.  It remains possible to travel on I-40 east to NC 24 east, through Jacksonville and then on to Emerald Isle. It is also possible to travel via US 264 east to Washington, then US 17 south to New Bern, followed by US 70 east to Morehead City, and then NC 24 west to Emerald Isle.  

Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival Cancelled

For many reasons associated with Hurricane Florence, the Town has decided to cancel the 3rd annual re-boot of the iconic Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival (originally scheduled for September 29).  This great annual event will be back in 2019, so mark your calendars for September 28, 2019!   

Town Services, Other Information

The normal trash collection schedule is now in effect, however, recycling will not be collected on Wednesday, September 26 due to hurricane damage at the recycling facility.  

The Town Administration Building is open during normal business hours (8 am - 5 pm).

The Community Center is open during normal business hours.  The AfterSchool Program will not operate this week, however, a special all day program is available to AtfterSchool Program participants on Tuesday from 7:30 am - 5:30 pm.  Blue Heron Park tennis courts remain closed.  

Emerald Isle Woods Park received extensive damage from Hurricane Florence, and will be closed indefinitely.  

The Planning Board Meeting scheduled for September 24 is cancelled.    

Carteret County Schools are closed all week from September 24 - 28. 

Town of Emerald Isle Updates on Hurricane Florence Will Now Be Daily

The Town will now provide one daily update about our recovery efforts, and the daily update will generally be distributed in late afternoon or early evening hours.  

Stay Informed!

The Town works hard to keep our residents, property owners, and visitors well-informed, and offers several platforms.

To receive the most current information from the Town of Emerald Isle, please:

- visit the Town's website at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/ , 

- check the Town's Facebook page at Town of Emerald Isle, NC

- follow the Town's Twitter feed: @townemeraldisle

- sign up for the Town's email newsletter at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications , 

- sign up for text message alerts at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications , and/or

- download the Emerald Isle APP at Google Play and The APP Store (search for "emerald isle nc") and enable "push" notifications.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Sunday, September 23, 2018 5:02:00 PM Categories: News

Drone Videos Available For Viewing 

Town volunteers have filmed various areas of Emerald Isle to allow our absentee property owners to view damage in your neighborhood.  To view the currently available videos, please visit  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/hurricane-florence--september-2018 .  Video of additional areas will be added as it becomes available.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Saturday, September 22, 2018 6:34:00 PM Categories: News

CONTINUED PROGRESS ON RECOVERY, BUT MUCH WORK AHEAD - Update #22 - Saturday, September 22 - 6 pm 

Marine Corps Helps Clean Beach

A total of 45 Marines from MCAS Cherry Point assisted Town staff with the collection of debris from the beach today, and the Town greatly appreciates their help!  The group focused on removal of debris from the upper areas of the remaining dunes, and is placing debris in manageable piles along the dune escarpment for efficient collection.  

The beach is now essentially clean between Bogue Inlet Pier and Lands End, with piles of debris ready for collection from the base of the dune escarpment.  Another crew of Marines will return tomorrow, with efforts focused on the area from Lands End to The Point. 

Special thanks to Tractor Country (Dover, NC) for donating the use of farm tractors and trailers to assist with this work!

The Town hopes to have the entire 12 miles of ocean beach clean by early next week, after which the Town will be in a position to consider reopening the beach for driving. 

Most Public Beach Access Walkways Still Intact, Open for Public Use

A total of 21 public beach access walkways are closed due to damage from Hurricane Florence, however, the remainder are open for public use at this time.  Please note that several walkways have steep grades to the beach, so please be careful.

The Point Looks Good, Still Intact

The Point, adjacent to Bogue Inlet, is one of the most popular locations in Emerald Isle for fishing, walking, swimming, and beaching a boat.  The Point survived Hurricane Florence without any significant alteration, and the main navigation channel in Bogue Inlet remains a considerable distance from homes and infrastructure on Bogue Court and Inlet Drive. 

Small Incipient Dunes Flattened, But Primary Dunes Mostly Intact Throughout EI  

Fortunately, there were no dune breaches during Hurricane Florence, and, overall, the dunes performed admirably in protecting oceanfront homes and infrastructure.  Although some private beach access walkways have damage that prevent access to the beach, the vast majority of private walkways remain intact and are usable.  

Hurricane Florence flattened nearly all small incipient dunes located between the beach walkways and the flat beach berm, but the primary dune remains intact along nearly the entire oceanfront area.  Eastern Emerald Isle suffered the most impact to the primary dunes, however, there remains significant portions protecting oceanfront homes. 

Beach Profile Survey Work Continues

The County's and the Town's beach profile surveying team continues work to determine how much sand was lost from Emerald Isle's beaches as a result of Florence.  These calculations will be used to develop the Town's forthcoming claim for FEMA assistance to restore lost sand via a planned beach nourishment project this coming winter.  The Town was fortunate to receive FEMA assistance for sand lost during Hurricanes Isabel, Ophelia, and Irene, and is expected to also be eligible for assistance related to Hurricane Florence. 

To view a preliminary assessment of the beach erosion along Bogue Banks by the Carteret County Shore Protection Office, please visit http://www.carteretcountync.gov/DocumentCenter/View/5215/Preliminary-Assessment . 

Debris Collection Continues, Please Follow Instructions 

Debris collection is underway in Emerald Isle, with 3 trucks in service today.  The Town still expects 4 additional trucks to arrive between now and Monday, and contractors will be working hard to collect all debris in a timely and efficient manner.  Collections will occur 7 days per week. 

Please help us complete the collection of debris in the most efficient and safe manner by adhering to the following instructions: 

  • please create SEPARATE piles at the street edge, 
  • please create one pile for vegetative debris (trees and limbs), one pile for construction and demolition debris (shingles, siding, plywood, studs, etc.), and one pile for discarded furnishings (carpet, furniture, large personal items),
  • tree and limb debris segments should be no longer than 12 feet, 
  • please place discarded appliances in a separate location at the street edge,
  • please avoid placing piles directly under power lines and other overhead utility lines, as this may present a safety hazard to collection crews and may result in a slower collection process.

If you do not want to wait for the Town's contractors to arrive, and want to transport your own debris, you may take vegetative debris to the temporary Carteret County disposal site located at 1494 Highway 58 in Peletier.  This site is located near the elevated water tank in Peletier, and is open from 7 am - 7 pm every day.  You may also take construction and demolition debris and discarded furnishings to the regular Carteret County Convenience Site located on Fire Tower Road near the intersection of NC 58 / Old Church Road / Fire Tower Road ( http://www.carteretcountync.gov/470/Solid-Waste-Recycling ) .  There is no charge for Emerald Isle residents to take debris to these two sites.   

Please note that it is illegal to burn debris within the Town. 

Emerald Isle Baptist Church Hosts Community Breakfast on Sunday Morning, Also Coordinating Local Relief Efforts

Emerald Isle Baptist Church will host a community-wide breakfast on Sunday, September 23 at 8:30 am, and all are invited.  The Church is located adjacent to Emerald Plantation Shopping Center. 

Beginning Monday, September 24, Emerald Isle Baptist Church will be coordinating local relief efforts.  The Church will serve as an assistance, referral, and information center for those in need in our community and for those who wish to contribute to others.  Anyone in the Emerald Isle community in need of special recovery assistance, and those seeking information on available contractors for clean-up and repairs may contact the Church for assistance and information.  

The Church will also serve as a collection point for supplies needed in Emerald Isle, Morehead City, and DownEast Carteret County.  Items requested include cleaning products, diapers, baby formula, and paper products.  (At this time, please do not donate clothing.)  The Church will also accept cash, check, and gift card donations for those in need. Please call 252-354-8795  or  252-424-2349  for assistance or information.   

Two Reliable Travel Routes to Emerald Isle

Travel from the Raleigh area (or other nearby points) is possible by two routes.  It remains possible to travel on I-40 east to NC 24 east, through Jacksonville and then on to Emerald Isle.  It is also possible to travel via US 264 east to Washington, then US 17 south to New Bern, followed by US 70 east to Morehead City, and then NC 24 west to Emerald Isle.  

Town Bringing in 2nd Large Pump to Attempt to Resolve Widespread Flooding in Lands End

Many homes in Lands End remain inaccessible by motor vehicles due to significant road flooding, and numerous homes have water in the main living level.  The Town deployed a very large portable pump to Lands End late Friday, and it is helping to draw down flood levels in that community, but not as quickly as desired.  A second very large portable pump will be deployed on Sunday, and we are hopeful that the combination of two existing fixed pumps in Lands End plus the two very large portable pumps will finally resolve the flooding concerns.  

Continuing Progress Clearing Storm Water from Other Town Streets

The Town continues to operate and support a total of 33 storm water pumps in various locations in Emerald Isle, and is gradually clearing more areas.  The Town's focus is on removing storm water from Town streets to enable vehicles to travel safely and efficiently through these areas, and the Town simply does not have the resources to deploy pumps to the hundreds of private properties with standing water in yards.    

As a result of pumping efforts, the area near Coast Guard Road and Island Circle is now essentially clear, and the Ocean Drive area in the 5500 - 6000 block is now mostly clear and passable by motor vehicles.  Additionally, Deer Horn Drive and Doe Drive are now mostly clear. Despite continuing groundwater recharge, Coast Guard Road remains mostly clear between Spinnakers Reach and Lands End, but this areas continues to rely on one portable pump to keep the road clear.  The Town continues to pump several other areas, including Coast Guard Road near Point Emerald Villas, Seabreeze Drive in Lands End, Ocean Drive near Doe / Deer Horn / Fawn, Reed Drive near East Seaview Drive, Loblolly Street, Connie Street, Cape Emerald, Sound Drive near Woodcliff, and Sound Drive near Hickory Street.  The Town will continue to pump these areas until cleared, and will continue to reposition pumps to other areas in need.    

Town staff continue to work hard to resolve the issues as quickly as possible, and the Town greatly appreciates everyone's patience and understanding.  Emerald Isle received approximately 24 inches of rainfall, which equates to a 1 in 1,000 year rainfall event.

Avoid Contact With Standing Water

Hundreds of homes in Emerald Isle have standing water in residential yards, many of which include on-site wastewater systems.  Residents are advised to avoid contact with standing water if at all possible, and if contact can not be avoided, wash affected body parts and clothing soon after exposure.  

Flood waters or standing waters may contain potentially dangerous materials, such as sewage and chemicals.  Exposure to flood waters can also cause infections or result in injuries.  Buildings or facilities that have been damaged by or exposed to flood waters may also pose health risks from mold, chemicals, electrical hazards, and displaced animals.  Please visit the Centers for Disease Prevention (CDC) website for cautionary steps to take under these conditions - https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/emergency/extreme-weather/floods.html . 

Need a Job?  Debris Monitoring Service Seeking Temporary Employees

Landfall Strategies, LLC is providing debris monitoring services for the Town, and is currently seeking temporary employees.  To apply for a temporary job, please contact Megan at 904-252-5858.  Debris collection and monitoring is expected to continue for the next several weeks, 7 days per week. 

Beach Driving Suspended Until Further Notice

The fall beach driving season was originally scheduled to begin on September 15, but was disrupted by Hurricane Florence.  The Town will not open the beach for driving until debris from Hurricane Florence has been collected.  Beach cleaning efforts are ongoing, and the Town will announce the opening of the beach for driving sometime next week. 

Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival Cancelled

For many reasons associated with Hurricane Florence, the Town has decided to cancel the 3rd annual re-boot of the iconic Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival (originally scheduled for September 29).  This great annual event will be back in 2019, so mark your calendars for September 28, 2019!   

Emerald Isle-Area Tree Services

Absolutely Professional Home

Swansboro

910-326-0000

C Gull Tree Service

Atlantic Beach

252-240-9036

Collins Tree Services

Newport

252-223-4412

Hampton's Tree Service

Newport

252-269-8348

Scott's Stump Grinding

Swansboro

252-503-9707

Settle Tree Service

Newport

252-241-6224

Be Careful When Selecting Repair Contractors

Emerald Isle residents and property owners are advised to be careful when selecting repair contractors, and perform adequate background and reference checks to insure you are dealing with a reputable company or repairman.  It is always helpful to secure multiple price quotes and compare contractors.  

Drone Videos Available For Viewing

Town volunteers (thank you to Cary Harrison and Ed Nelson) have filmed various areas of Emerald Isle to allow our property owners to view damage in your neighborhood.  To view the currently available videos, please visit  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/hurricane-florence--september-2018 .  

Town Services, Other Information

The normal trash collection schedule is now in effect, however, recycling will not be collected on Wednesday, September 26 due to hurricane damage at the recycling facility.  

The Town Administration Building is open during normal business hours (8 am - 5 pm).

The Community Center is open during normal business hours.  The AfterSchool Program will not operate this week, however, a special all day program is available to AtfterSchool Program participants on Tuesday from 7:30 am - 5:30 pm.  Blue Heron Park tennis courts remain closed.  

Emerald Isle Woods Park received extensive damage from Hurricane Florence, and will be closed indefinitely.  

The Planning Board Meeting scheduled for September 24 is cancelled.    

Carteret County Schools are closed all week from September 24 - 28. 

Town of Emerald Isle Updates on Hurricane Florence Will Now Be Daily

The Town will now provide one daily update about our recovery efforts, and the daily update will generally be distributed in late afternoon or early evening hours.  

Stay Informed!

The Town works hard to keep our residents, property owners, and visitors well-informed, and offers several platforms.

To receive the most current information from the Town of Emerald Isle, please:

- visit the Town's website at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/ , 

- check the Town's Facebook page at Town of Emerald Isle, NC

- follow the Town's Twitter feed: @townemeraldisle

- sign up for the Town's email newsletter at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications , 

- sign up for text message alerts at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications , and/or

- download the Emerald Isle APP at Google Play and The APP Store (search for "emerald isle nc") and enable "push" notifications.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Saturday, September 22, 2018 6:16:00 PM Categories: News

MORE PUMPING, DEBRIS COLLECTION UNDERWAY- Update #21 - Friday, September 21 - 7 pm 

 

No Curfew In Emerald Isle  

Mayor Barber has rescinded the curfew in Emerald Isle, and there are no restrictions on entry or movement in Emerald Isle. 

Debris Collection Underway, Please Follow Instructions 

Debris collection is underway in Emerald Isle, with 3 trucks in service today.  The Town expects 4 additional trucks to arrive between now and Monday, and contractors will be working hard to collect all debris in a timely and efficient manner.  Collections will occur 7 days per week.  

Please help us complete the collection of debris in the most efficient and safe manner by adhering to the following instructions: 

  • please create SEPARATE piles at the street edge, 
  • please create one pile for vegetative debris (trees and limbs), one pile for construction and demolition debris (shingles, siding, plywood, studs, etc.), and one pile for discarded furnishings (carpet, furniture, large personal items),
  • tree and limb debris segments should be no longer than 12 feet, 
  • please place discarded appliances in a separate location at the street edge,
  • please avoid placing piles directly under power lines and other overhead utility lines, as this may present a safety hazard to collection crews and may result in a slower collection process.

If you do not want to wait for the Town's contractors to arrive, and want to transport your own debris, you may take vegetative debris to the temporary Carteret County disposal site located at 1494 Highway 58 in Peletier.  This site is located near the elevated water tank in Peletier, and is open from 7 am - 7 pm every day.  You may also take construction and demolition debris and discarded furnishings to the regular Carteret County Convenience Site located on Fire Tower Road near the intersection of NC 58 / Old Church Road / Fire Tower Road ( http://www.carteretcountync.gov/470/Solid-Waste-Recycling ) .  There is no charge for Emerald Isle residents to take debris to these two sites.   

Please note that it is illegal to burn debris within the Town. 

Best Travel Route Remains I-40 to NC 24

US 70 is now closed in Kinston due to rising waters in the Neuse River.  However, it is now possible to travel from the Raleigh area to Emerald Isle via I-40 and NC 24.  Please note that road conditions can change quickly, so please heed State and local advisories and warnings.  

Coast Guard Road Remains Open 

Flood waters were mostly cleared from Coast Guard Road on Thursday evening, but groundwater flows resulted in additional water over the roadway by Friday morning.  The Town deployed a new pump to this area, and the road remains mostly clear and should be passable for nearly all vehicles.  

Emerald Isle Baptist Church Hosts Community Breakfast, Also Coordinating Local Relief Efforts

Emerald Isle Baptist Church will host a community-wide breakfast on Sunday, September 23 at 8:30 am, and all are invited.  The Church is located adjacent to Emerald Plantation Shopping Center. 

Beginning Monday, September 24, Emerald Isle Baptist Church will be coordinating local relief efforts.  The Church will serve as an assistance, referral, and information center for those in need in our community and for those who wish to contribute to others.  Anyone in the Emerald Isle community in need of special recovery assistance, and those seeking information on available contractors for clean-up and repairs may contact the Church for assistance and information.  

The Church will also serve as a collection point for supplies needed in Emerald Isle, Morehead City, and DownEast Carteret County.  Items requested include cleaning products, diapers, baby formula, and paper products.  (At this time, please do not donate clothing.)  The Church will also accept cash, check, and gift card donations for those in need.

Phone and internet services are currently not in service at the Church, but will be included in a future update.  

Town Provides Large Pump to Attempt to Resolve Flooding in Lands End

The Lands End subdivision continues to struggle with significant flooding, despite continuous pumping of storm water for the past week.  Many homes remain inaccessible by motor vehicles due to ponds spilling over the road.

The Town delivered a very large portable pump to Lands End earlier today to aid the two existing pumps.  The new pump is expected to remove nearly twice as much water (by itself!) than the two existing pumps, and we are hopeful that this effort will greatly reduce flooding in the Lands End community very soon.  

Storm Water Pumping Continues Throughout Emerald Isle

The Town's primary focus remains the resolution of storm water flooding concerns, with pumps spread out all over Emerald Isle.  The Town's focus is on removing storm water from Town streets to enable vehicles to travel safely and efficiently through these areas, and the Town simply does not have the resources to deploy pumps to the hundreds of private properties with standing water.   

The Town is now operating or supporting a total of 33 storm water pumps, and Town staff are constantly repositioning pumps to new areas, monitoring pump performance, refueling portable pumps, troubleshooting other problems, and repairing malfunctioning pumps.  With the exception of the Deer Horn Drive fixed pump, all of the Town's fixed pumps are functioning properly, and gradually resolving flooding concerns in those areas.  The Town now has portable pumps deployed at Coast Guard Road at Point Emerald Villas, in Lands End, in Cape Emerald, on Ocean Drive near Doe Drive, on Deer Horn Drive (at the pond, in place of failed fixed pump), on Sound Drive near Woodcliff Drive, on Reed Drive near East Seaview Drive, on Loblolly Street, on Connie Street, and on Ocean Drive near East Landing Drive.    

After several days of pumping, we are clearing more areas and are beginning to at least see light at the end of the tunnel.  Town staff are working hard to resolve the issues as quickly as possible, and the Town greatly appreciates everyone's patience and understanding.  Emerald Isle received approximately 24 inches of rainfall, which equates to a 1 in 1,000 year rainfall event.

Avoid Contact With Standing Water

Much of Emerald Isle remains impacted by flood waters or standing waters in residential yards, many of which include on-site wastewater systems.  Residents are advised to avoid contact with standing water if at all possible, and if contact can not be avoided, wash affected body parts and clothing soon after exposure.  

Flood waters or standing waters may contain potentially dangerous materials, such as sewage and chemicals.  Exposure to flood waters can also cause infections or result in injuries.  Buildings or facilities that have been damaged by or exposed to flood waters may also pose health risks from mold, chemicals, electrical hazards, and displaced animals.  Please visit the Centers for Disease Prevention (CDC) website for cautionary steps to take under these conditions - https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/emergency/extreme-weather/floods.html . 

USMC Scheduled to Help Clean the Beach This Weekend, Volunteers Still Welcome

Town staff have begun initial debris clean-up efforts on the beach, along with many volunteers who have helped to collect debris this week.  These clean-up efforts will be augmented by approximately 50 US Marine Corps service members who will help to clean the Town's 12 miles of beach this weekend. Thank you MCAS Cherry Point!

The Town continues to welcome any volunteer assistance to clean our beautiful beach strand. All you need to do to help is collect debris from the beach strand and consolidate it in neat piles at the base of the dune escarpment. Thank you for your help! 

Need a Job?  Debris Monitoring Service Seeking Temporary Employees

Landfall Strategies, LLC is providing debris monitoring services for the Town, and is currently seeking temporary employees.  To apply for a temporary job, please contact Megan at 904-252-5858.  Debris collection and monitoring is expected to continue for the next several weeks, 7 days per week. 

Beach Driving Suspended Until Further Notice

The fall beach driving season was originally scheduled to begin on September 15, but was disrupted by Hurricane Florence.  The Town will not open the beach for driving until debris from Hurricane Florence has been collected.  Beach cleaning efforts are ongoing, and the Town will announce the opening of the beach for driving sometime next week. 

Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival Cancelled

For many reasons associated with Hurricane Florence, the Town has decided to cancel the 3rd annual re-boot of the iconic Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival (originally scheduled for September 29).  This great annual event will be back in 2019, so mark your calendars for September 28, 2019!   

Emerald Isle-Area Tree Services

Absolutely Professional Home

Swansboro

910-326-0000

C Gull Tree Service

Atlantic Beach

252-240-9036

Collins Tree Services

Newport

252-223-4412

Hampton's Tree Service

Newport

252-269-8348

Scott's Stump Grinding

Swansboro

252-503-9707

Settle Tree Service

Newport

252-241-6224

Be Careful When Selecting Repair Contractors

Emerald Isle residents and property owners are advised to be careful when selecting repair contractors, and perform adequate background and reference checks to insure you are dealing with a reputable company or repairman.  It is always helpful to secure multiple price quotes and compare contractors.  

Drone Videos Available For Viewing

Town volunteers (thank you to Cary Harrison and Ed Nelson) have filmed various areas of Emerald Isle to allow our property owners to view damage in your neighborhood.  To view the currently available videos, please visit  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/hurricane-florence--september-2018 .  

Town Services, Other Information

The Household Hazardous Waste Collection event scheduled for September 24 in Morehead City has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 27.  

The normal trash collection schedule is now in effect, however, recycling will not be collected on Wednesday, September 26 due to hurricane damage at the recycling facility.  

The Town Administration Building is open during normal business hours (8 am - 5 pm).

The Community Center is open during normal business hours.  Blue Heron Park tennis courts remain closed.  

Emerald Isle Woods Park received extensive damage from Hurricane Florence, and will be closed indefinitely.  

The Planning Board Meeting scheduled for September 24 is cancelled.    

Carteret County Schools are closed all week from September 24 - 28. 

Beach Profile Survey Work Continues

The County's and the Town's beach profile surveying team continues work to determine how much sand was lost from Emerald Isle's beaches as a result of Florence.  These calculations will be used to develop the Town's forthcoming claim for FEMA assistance to restore lost sand via a planned beach nourishment project this coming winter.  The Town was fortunate to receive FEMA assistance for sand lost during Hurricanes Isabel, Ophelia, and Irene, and is expected to also be eligible for assistance related to Hurricane Florence. 

To view a preliminary assessment of the beach erosion along Bogue Banks by the Carteret County Shore Protection Office, please visit http://www.carteretcountync.gov/DocumentCenter/View/5215/Preliminary-Assessment . 

Town of Emerald Isle Updates on Hurricane Florence Will Now Be Daily

The Town will now provide one daily update about our recovery efforts, and the daily update will generally be distributed in late afternoon or early evening hours.  

Stay Informed!

The Town works hard to keep our residents, property owners, and visitors well-informed, and offers several platforms.

To receive the most current information from the Town of Emerald Isle, please:

- visit the Town's website at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/ , 

- check the Town's Facebook page at Town of Emerald Isle, NC

- follow the Town's Twitter feed: @townemeraldisle

- sign up for the Town's email newsletter at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications , 

- sign up for text message alerts at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications , and/or

- download the Emerald Isle APP at Google Play and The APP Store (search for "emerald isle nc") and enable "push" notifications.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, September 21, 2018 7:32:00 PM Categories: News
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