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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

IMPORTANT INFORMATION for Those Beginning Clean-Up Activities 

 

As property owners return and begin cleaning up their property from Florence's damage, please help us complete the collection of debris in the most efficient and safe manner. 

  • 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, and also not around mailboxes, fire hydrants, low hanging trees, sprinkler heads as this may present a safety hazard to collection crews and may result in a slower collection process.

Town staff and our debris contractors will begin debris collection efforts early this week, and will continue these efforts for the next several weeks.  We will be working hard to have Emerald Isle back to normal as quickly as possible

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, September 21, 2018 11:33:00 AM Categories: News

STEADY PROGRESS TOWARD RECOVERY - Update #20 - Thursday, Sept 20 - 6 pm 

 

Thursday Night is Final Night of Curfew -  10 pm - 6 am 

Thursday night will be the final night of the Town-wide curfew, which will be in effect from 10 pm Thursday night until 6 am Friday morning.  It is illegal to move around Emerald Isle or leave your property during the curfew hours.  Residents and property owners should remain on your own property between 10 pm and 6 am, and non-residents and contractors may only be in Emerald Isle until 10 pm tonight.  Beginning at 6 am Friday, there are no further restrictions related to Hurricane Florence in Emerald Isle.

Power Restoration Efforts Continue

As of early Thursday morning, approximately 84% of Carteret-Craven Electric customers in Emerald Isle had power restored.  This contrasts with approximately 50% of Carteret-Craven's total customer base in its entire service area.  Power crews remain hard at work in Emerald Isle, and we are hopeful that all power customers will be restored very soon. 

Best Travel Route is Now I-40 to NC 24

The Town has learned that 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 Now Open to All Vehicles

Flood waters have been mostly cleared from Coast Guard Road, and it is now possible for nearly all vehicles to travel all the way to The Point.  The 5 deployed storm water pumps made great progress overnight, and the road has been open since Thursday morning. 

Significant Flooding Remains 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. Town staff are attempting to secure additional high-power pumps to augment pumping efforts already underway.     

Storm Water Pumping Continues, More Pumps Arrive

The Town's primary focus remains the resolution of storm water flooding concerns, and continues efforts to pump significant floodwaters from various neighborhoods.

Flooding concerns have been resolved in the areas served by the Osprey Ridge and Conch Court fixed storm water pumps, and the Island Circle fixed pump has mostly cleared Coast Guard Road in this area.  There is still some street flooding in Spinnakers Reach, but the two fixed pumps in this area continue to make progress.  The two pumps in Lands End continue to operate.  Unfortunately, the Deer Horn Drive fixed pump has failed, and this failure has temporarily halted pumping by the nearby Doe Drive fixed pump. The Town will place a portable pump on Deer Horn Drive this evening, and the placement of this pump will enable the Town to re-start the Doe Drive fixed pump.    

The Town has currently deployed portable pumps to the following locations:  Loblolly Street (ocean side), Connie Street (2 pumps), Reed Drive near West Seaview (2 pumps), Ocean Drive near Doe Drive, Heverly Drive cul-de-sac, Janell Drive cul-de-sac, Ocean Drive near Fairfax (2 pumps), and Cape Emerald.  Three additional pumps are being deployed this evening at Ocean Drive near Hurst Drive, on Deer Horn Drive (at the pond, noted above), and on Sound Drive near Island Harbor Marina.  The Town expects to take delivery of an additional 3 pumps later this evening or tomorrow morning, and these pumps will likely be deployed on Ocean Drive in the 5400 - 6000 block and on Ocean Drive near Deer Horn Drive.  Unfortunately, an additional 5 pumps have experienced some degree of mechanical failure, and Town staff and a team from the NC Forest Service are attempting to repair these pumps to place them back into service as quickly as possible.  

The Town continues to work hard to address the most significant storm water flooding issues, and is now operating or supporting a total of 28 storm water pumps, with 3 more expected to be added later this evening or tomorrow.  We continue to make gradual progress on storm water flooding issues, however, we are dealing with an extreme amount of rainfall that has never occurred in Emerald Isle in one event before.  The Town received approximately 24 inches of rainfall, which equates a 1 in 1,000 year rainfall event.  

Thank you for your patience and understanding!  We continue to work hard to resolve the storm water flooding issues! 

Avoid Contact With Standing Water

Much of Emerald Isle is 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 . 

Volunteer Help Welcome to Clean Our Beach

The Town has not yet begun clean-up efforts on the beach strand, and there remains significant debris on the beach strand.  Additionally, many beach access walkways are damaged, and some may not be accessible for use.  Please be careful when visiting the beach strand!

The Town welcomes any volunteer assistance to clean our beautiful beach strand, and is aware of many volunteers doing just that!  Thank you for your efforts to consolidate debris piles to enable quicker and more efficient colllection.  We welcome additional efforts to collect debris from the beach strand and consolidate it in neat piles at the base of the dune escarpment. You don't need to coordinate with anyone - just start placing debris in piles, and we'll make sure it gets cleaned up as soon as possible.

Initial Debris Collection Efforts Begin, IMPORTANT INFORMATION for Those Beginning Clean-Up Activities

The Town's contractor has begun collecting construction and demolition debris with one truck, and will expand operations to 4 trucks on Friday.  Initial collection activities are focused on eastern Emerald Isle.

The Town's contractor will be collecting construction and demolition debris, discarded furnishings, and vegetative debris, and Town staff will be collecting discarded appliances. Collection efforts will likely continue for the next several weeks, and we will be working hard to have EI back to normal as quickly as possible.   

As property owners begin cleaning up their property from Florence's damage, please help us complete the collection of debris in the most efficient and safe manner. 

  • 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, may result in a slower collection process, and may hinder power restoration crews.

The Town's debris contractors will be working as diligently as possible to remove debris from Emerald Isle, and your patience is appreciated. Please note that it is illegal to burn debris within the Town. 

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 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 .  Video of additional areas will be added as it becomes available, subject to volunteer availability.

Town Services, Other Information

The normal trash collection schedule is now in effect, and ocean side trash will be collected on Friday.   

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

The Community Center is now open during normal business hours, however, all classes are cancelled this week.  Blue Heron Park tennis courts remain closed.  

All Town meetings and events from September 17 - 23 are cancelled.   

The Town has not yet made a decision on the Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival, scheduled for Saturday, September 29.  We will assess our progress this weekend, and a decision on our community's readiness for this great annual event will be made no later than Monday.  

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 Thursday, September 20, 2018 6:12:00 PM Categories: News

RECOVERY EFFORTS CONTINUE - Update #19 - Wednesday, Sept 19 - 8 pm 

 

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

The Town works hard to keep our residents, property owners, businesses, and visitors well-informed, and hopes that the Hurricane Florence updates have been helpful to better understand Florence's impacts and the Town's response.  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.  

Emerald Isle Bridge Now Open to Everyone From 7 am - 9 pm Only;  No Re-Entry Permit Necessary

The Emerald Isle bridge is open to everyone from 7 am - 9 pm only, and it is no longer necessary to utilize re-entry permits.    

Curfew Hours Slightly Adjusted, Now 9 pm - 7 am

The Town-wide curfew is now in effect from 9 pm - 7 am each night, until further notice. It is illegal to move around Emerald Isle or leave your property during the curfew hours.  Residents and property owners should remain on your own property between 9 pm and 7 am, and non-residents and contractors may only be in Emerald Isle between 7 am and 9 pm daily.  Street lights are now on in many areas of Emerald Isle, and the Town will have additional Police personnel on duty to patrol the Town all week long.   

Storm Water Flooding Continues, More Pumps Arrive

The Town's primary focus remains the resolution of storm water flooding concerns, and the Town continues to secure more resources to address these issues. 

The Town took delivery of 5 additional portable pumps last night, and these pumps were deployed this morning to high priority areas.  Additionally, the Town has secured the assistance of an 11-man team from the NC Forest Service to assist with pumping activities, and their assistance will enhance the Town's storm water pumping operations.  The Town is now operating or supporting a total of 26 storm water pumps.   

The Town's fixed pumps located at Daisy Court (Osprey Ridge), Conch Court (Sea Dunes), Shipwreck Lane (Spinnakers Reach), Colonel Hanson Court (Spinnakers Reach), and Island Circle (The Point) are all functioning on regular electric power, and are gradually making progress on resolving flooding concerns.  The two fixed pumps in Lands End that are connected with the Town's system are functioning, and assisting the Lands End community.  Unfortunately, the Town's fixed pump on Deer Horn Drive is malfunctioning, and we hope to have it repaired very soon.  This malfunction also prevents the use of the fixed pump at Doe Drive.  The Town's small relay pumps in the Sea Crest subdivision, Wyndward Court, and Bogue Court are also functioning on regular electric power.  Progress is slowly being made in these areas, and we remain hopeful these problem areas will be cleared soon.  

The Town currently has a total of 14 portable pumps deployed at various locations, and 5 of these are located on Coast Guard Road between Spinnakers Reach and Lands End. Water levels are slowly dropping in this area, however, it is still too deep for most vehicles to travel through this area.  Water depths measured this afternoon were 12" near the entrance to Spinnakers Reach, 21" between Spinnakers Reach and Lands End, and 11" near the main entrance to Lands End.  Only high clearance vehicles should attempt to travel through this area.  The other 9 pumps are currently deployed at Wyndtree Drive, Ocean Drive near Doe Drive, in Cape Emerald, Connie Street (2 pumps), Ocean Drive near Cedar Tree Lane (2 pumps), and Ocean Drive near Fairfax Drive (2 pumps).

The Town originally anticipated delivery of 5 additional pumps later tonight, however, these pumps have been delayed.  Existing portable pumps that clear certain areas will be repositioned to other areas with the greatest needs in the coming days.    

The Town is aware of all storm water flooding areas in Emerald Isle, and is working as hard as possible to resolve concerns as quickly as possible, in a strategic manner.  Unfortunately, it is simply going to take longer to resolve all of these concerns than any of us would like.  Please recognize that 1) we all have just experienced the most significant hurricane in most of our lifetimes, and  2) that we received approximately 24 inches of rainfall in one storm. This rainfall event is classified as a 1 in 1,000 year storm event.  

Thank you for your patience and understanding - all of us at the Town are truly working as hard as we can! 

Avoid Contact With Standing Water

Much of Emerald Isle is 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 . 

Volunteer Help Welcome to Clean Our Beach

The Town has not yet begun clean-up efforts on the beach strand, and there remains significant debris on the beach strand.  Additionally, many beach access walkways are damaged, and some may not be accessible for use.  Please be careful when visiting the beach strand!

The Town welcomes any volunteer assistance to clean our beautiful beach strand, and is aware of many volunteers doing just that!  Thank you for your efforts to consolidate debris piles to enable quicker and more efficient colllection.  We welcome additional efforts to collect debris from the beach strand and consolidate it in neat piles at the base of the dune escarpment. You don't need to coordinate with anyone - just start placing debris in piles, and we'll make sure it gets cleaned up as soon as possible.

The Town has not yet received a response to our request for assistance under the Defense Support to Civil Authorities (DSCA) program for assistance from MCAS Cherry Point and/or MCB Camp Lejeune to help clean debris from the beach strand.  

Initial Debris Collection Efforts Begin, IMPORTANT INFORMATION for Those Beginning Clean-Up Activities

The Town's contractor began initial debris collection efforts today, and will gradually ramp up operations in the coming days.  The Town's contractors will be collecting construction and demolition debris, discarded furnishings, and vegetative debris, and Town staff will be collecting discarded appliances.  Collection efforts will likely continue for the next several weeks, and we will be working hard to have EI back to normal as quickly as possible.   

As property owners begin cleaning up their property from Florence's damage, please help us complete the collection of debris in the most efficient and safe manner. 

  • 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, may result in a slower collection process, and may hinder power restoration crews.

The Town's debris contractors will be working as diligently as possible to remove debris from Emerald Isle, and your patience is appreciated. Please note that it is illegal to burn debris within the Town. 

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 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 .  Video of additional areas will be added as it becomes available, subject to volunteer availability.

Power Restoration Efforts Continue 

Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative and their disaster partners continue to work hard to restore power in Emerald Isle, and continue to restore power to more homes.  As of 10 pm Tuesday, approximately 3,000 customers in Emerald Isle remained without power.  (Emerald Isle includes approximately 7,000 housing units.)  

To report power outages, or inquire about the status of your subdivision, please contact Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative directly at 252-247-3107, or visit their website at  http://carteretcravenec.coopwebbuilder2.com/ .  

More and More Local Businesses Opening

As power is gradually restored, more and more Emerald Isle businesses are opening to provide critical goods and services and other conveniences to our residents and property owners.  Life is slowly getting back to normal.  

Town Services, Other Information

The normal trash collection schedule will resume on Thursday.  Soundside areas will be collected on Thursday, and oceanside areas will be collected on Friday.  Please note that trash collection will not occur in neighborhoods west of Dolphin Ridge and Royall Oaks due extensive flooding.  

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

The Community Center will reopen Thursday morning at 8 am, and will return to normal operating hours, however, no classes will be held tomorrow.  Blue Heron Park tennis courts remain closed.  

All Town meetings and events from September 17 - 23 are cancelled.   

The Town has not yet made a decision on the Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival, scheduled for Saturday, September 29.  We will assess our progress this weekend, and a decision on our community's readiness for this great annual event will be made no later than Monday.  

Beach Profile Survey Begins

The County's and the Town's beach profile surveying team began work today, and will likely complete this work by early next week.  These surveys will be used to determine how much sand was lost from the beach and dunes 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 . 

Please Conserve Water!

Please do not use water to clean homes and vehicles when you arrive, as the Town's public water supply remains at risk until all leaks (from private homes and piers) are identified and corrected. 

Best Travel Routes

The best route from the Raleigh area to Emerald Isle remains US 70 east all the way to Morehead City, and then west on NC 24 to the Emerald Isle bridge.  Additionally, NC 24 has now reopened between Emerald Isle and Jacksonville after being closed to flooding in recent days.

Please be advised that road conditions may change.  For the the latest information about eastern NC road conditions please consult your local authorities and/or NCDOT's Travel Information Management System at  https://tims.ncdot.gov/tims/regionsummary.aspx# .

Please travel safe, and heed warnings along all roadways.  DO NOT ENTER flooded roadways, as the depth and speed of flowing water are often deceiving.  TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN! Do not become a drowning victim simply because of your impatience!    

 

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 19, 2018 7:49:00 PM Categories: News

SUN IS SHINING IN EMERALD ISLE, HARD WORK CONTINUES - Update #18 - Tuesday, Sept 18 - 6 pm  

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

The Town works hard to keep our residents, property owners, businesses, and visitors well-informed, and hopes that the Hurricane Florence updates have been helpful to better understand Florence's impacts and the Town's response.  Beginning today, 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.  

Emerald Isle Bridge Open to Everyone From 8 am - 8 pm Only;  No Re-Entry Permit Necessary

The Emerald Isle bridge is open to everyone from 8 am - 8 pm only, and it is no longer necessary to utilize re-entry permits.    

The Emerald Isle bridge was opened to everyone for the first time this morning at 8 am, and EIPD reports a smooth process and a normal day with no significant problems in Emerald Isle. The Town opened the bridge in order to 1) enable our residents and property owners to bring contractors and other helpers into EI to secure properties and begin repairs,  2) to enable our residents and property owners who simply lost their re-entry permit or did not have time to secure one to enter EI to secure properties and begin repairs, and  3) to be consistent with our neighboring towns in Atlantic Beach, Pine Knoll Shores, and Indian Beach, which are all operating under the same policy.  

The Town recognizes and appreciates the deep connection that our residents and property owners have to this special place, and always seeks to provide the most helpful, least intrusive services to our residents and property owners while balancing the needs and perspectives of more than 7,000 different property owners.  

Curfew Remains in Effect for Everyone from 8 pm - 8 am Nightly

The Town-wide curfew remains in effect from 8 pm - 8 am each night, until further notice. It is illegal to move around Emerald Isle or leave your property during the curfew hours.  Residents and property owners should remain on your own property between 8 pm and 8 am, and non-residents and contractors may only be in Emerald Isle between 8 am and 8 pm daily.  Street lights are now on in many areas of Emerald Isle, and the Town will have additional Police personnel on duty to patrol the Town all week long.   

Town's Primary Focus on Resolving Storm Water Flooding Concerns

The Town's primary focus now, after the immediate aftermath of Florence, is to resolve storm water flooding concerns as quickly as possible for our residents and property owners. 

All of the Town's 9 fixed pumps in neighborhoods along Coast Guard Road are now functioning on Carteret-Craven Electric power, and are gradually improving flooding conditions in these areas.  The Island Circle area is now nearing completion, and all storm water flooding issues along Ocean Drive in the numbered streets in eastern Emerald Isle are now essentially resolved.

The Town currently has 2 portable pumps in place on Sound Drive at Archers Point cul-de-sac, 2 portable pumps on Ocean Drive at Cedar Tree, and 2 on Connie Street.  The Town also has 2 large rental pumps in place on Coast Guard Road near Spinnakers Reach and Lands End, and is slowly lowering water levels in this area of Coast Guard Road.  As of 2 pm this afternoon, the deepest water on Coast Guard Road was approximately 20 inches and falling.  (Only high clearance vehicles can drive through this area.)  The Town also has 1 large rental pump in place on Ocean Drive near Doe Drive. 

The Town will take delivery of 5 additional large rental pumps this evening, and these will be deployed either late tonight or tomorrow morning as follows:  2 additional pumps on Coast Guard Road near Spinnakers Reach and Lands End to hopefully make this road passable very soon, 1 pump on Ocean Drive at Fairfax Drive, 1 pump at Wyndtree Drive, and 1 pump on Reed Drive.  

The Town also expects to take delivery of 5 additional large rental pumps on Wednesday afternoon or evening, and these will be deployed at the most strategic locations on Wednesday evening or Thursday morning.  

US Senator Thom Tillis is also working with the Town to hopefully secure a specialized pump operations team to come to EI to relieve our Public Works and Fire Department personnel, many of whom have worked tirelessly for the past week to prepare for and respond to Florence, and who also have families they miss and homes that were damaged during Florence.  

The Town is aware of all storm water flooding areas in Emerald Isle, and is working as hard as possible to resolve concerns as quickly as possible, in a strategic manner.  After the additional 10 pumps are received tonight and tomorrow, the Town will be operating a total of 28 storm water pumps, of various kinds, to try to get us back to normal.  Please recognize that  1) we all have just experienced the most significant hurricane in most of our lifetimes, and  2) that we received approximately 24 inches of rainfall in one storm - when is the last time you were in a rainfall event of that magnitude?  Thank you for your patience and understanding - all of us at the Town are truly working as hard as we can! 

Request for USMC Assistance Submitted, and Volunteer Help Welcome to Clean Our Beach!

The Town has not yet begun clean-up efforts on the beach strand, and there remains significant debris on the beach strand.  Additionally, many beach access walkways are damaged, and some may not be accessible for use.  Please be careful when visiting the beach strand!

With Town staff focused primarily on storm water flooding issues, the Town has submitted a formal request under the Defense Support to Civil Authorities (DSCA) program, and has requested assistance from MCAS Cherry Point and/or MCB Camp Lejeune to help clean debris from the beach strand.  We are soliciting the assistance of Marine Corps personnel to help collect storm debris on the beach strand to enable faster and more efficient collection of debris in an effort to get EI back to normal as soon as possible.

The Town welcomes any volunteer assistance to clean our beautiful beach strand.  If you'd like to help the Town, the best way to help is to collect debris from the beach strand, and place it in neat, consolidated piles at the base of the dune escarpment.  Your help will enable us to clean the beach faster and more efficiently, and allow anyone to lend our community a helping hand! You don't need to coordinate with anyone - just start placing debris in piles, and we'll make sure it gets cleaned up as soon as possible.  

Debris Collection Efforts Set to Begin, IMPORTANT INFORMATION for Those Beginning Clean-Up Activities

The Town's contractor is expected to begin initial debris collection efforts on Wednesday, and will gradually ramp up operations in the coming days.  The Town's contractors will be collecting construction and demolition debris, discarded furnishings, and vegetative debris, and Town staff will be collecting discarded appliances.  Collection efforts will likely continue for the next several weeks, and we will be working hard to have EI back to normal as quickly as possible.   

As property owners begin cleaning up their property from Florence's damage, please help us complete the collection of debris in the most efficient and safe manner. 

  • 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, may result in a slower collection process, and may hinder power restoration crews.

Hazards Still Present

Although the Town continues to gradually recover from Florence's impacts, they are still significant.  Please note that numerous hazards may still be present, so please be especially mindful of the following:

  • Avoid areas with standing water, as there may be hazards, both man-made and animals, in the water.  
  • Please be aware of low-hanging utility lines, and avoid contact. 
  • Please exercise caution if / when connecting a generator to your home.
  • Please note that many beach access walkways have been damaged, and include high drop-offs to the beach strand.  

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.

More and More Homes Have Power 

Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative and their disaster partners continue to work hard to restore power in Emerald Isle, and are making steady progress.  More and more subdivisions now have power, and we are hopeful that the entire town will have power restored before the weekend. 

To report power outages, or inquire about the status of your subdivision, please contact Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative directly at 252-247-3107, or visit their website at  http://carteretcravenec.coopwebbuilder2.com/ .  System-wide, as of Monday afternoon, the Cooperative had restored approximately 25% of their customers in Carteret and Craven counties.  Specific data for Emerald Isle is not currently available, but community observations suggest that more than 50% of Emerald Isle has power as of Tuesday afternoon.  

The Town greatly appreciates the dedicated efforts of Carteret-Craven and their disaster partners to get life back to normal in Emerald Isle.  Thank you CCEC!  

More and More Local Businesses Opening

As power is gradually restored, more and more Emerald Isle businesses are opening to provide critical goods and services and other conveniences to our residents and property owners.  Life is slowly getting back to normal.  

Town Services, Other Information

Trash will not be collected on Monday or Tuesday, and recycling will not be collected on Wednesday.  The normal trash collection schedule is expected to resume on Thursday.

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

The Community Center remains closed indefinitely, and a reopening date will be announced soon. 

All Town meetings and events from September 17 - 23 are cancelled.   

The Town has not yet made a decision on the Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival, scheduled for Saturday, September 29.  We will assess our progress this weekend, and a decision on our community's readiness for this great annual event will be made no later than Monday.  

Beach Profile Survey Planned for Later This Week

The County's and the Town's beach profile surveyors will be on the beach in Emerald Isle later this week and next week, and these surveys will be used to determine how much sand was lost from the beach and dunes 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 . 

Please Conserve Water!

Please do not use water to clean homes and vehicles when you arrive, as the Town's public water supply remains at risk until all leaks (from private homes and piers) are identified and corrected. 

Best Travel Routes

The best route from the Raleigh area to Emerald Isle remains US 70 east all the way to Morehead City, and then west on NC 24 to the Emerald Isle bridge.  Additionally, NC 24 has now reopened between Emerald Isle and Jacksonville after being closed to flooding in recent days.

Please be advised that road conditions may change.  For the the latest information about eastern NC road conditions please consult your local authorities and/or NCDOT's Travel Information Management System at  https://tims.ncdot.gov/tims/regionsummary.aspx# .

 

Please travel safe, and heed warnings along all roadways.  DO NOT ENTER flooded roadways, as the depth and speed of flowing water are often deceiving.  TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN! Do not become a drowning victim simply because of your impatience!    

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 18, 2018 6:43:00 PM Categories: News

BRIDGE OPEN TO EVERYONE, NIGHTLY CURFEW REMAINS IN EFFECT - Update #17 - Monday, Sept 17 - 9 pm 

 

Emerald Isle Bridge Open to Everyone Beginning at 8 am; No Re-Entry Permit Necessary

Effective at 8 am Tuesday, the Emerald Isle bridge is open to everyone, and it is no longer necessary to utilize re-entry permits.  

Curfew Remains in Effect for Everyone from 8 pm - 8 am Nightly

The Town-wide curfew remains in effect from 8 pm - 8 am each night, until further notice. It is illegal to move around Emerald Isle or leave your property during the curfew hours.  Residents and property owners should remain on your own property between 8 pm and 8 am, and non-residents and contractors may only be in Emerald Isle between 8 am and 8 pm daily.   

Be Safe On The Beach Strand!

The Town has not yet begun clean-up efforts on the beach strand, and there remains significant debris on the beach strand and in the water.  Additionally, many beach access walkways are damaged, and some may not be accessible for use.  Please be careful when visiting the beach strand!

Be Safe in Emerald Isle

The impacts from Hurricane Florence are significant, and the Town seeks to promote the safety of all individuals in Emerald Isle.  Please note that numerous hazards may still be present, so please be especially mindful of the following:

  • There are still numerous areas with standing water in Emerald Isle, and there may be hazards, both man-made and animals, in the water.  
  • Please be aware of low-hanging utility lines, and avoid contact. 
  • Please exercise caution if / when connecting a generator to your home.
  • Please note that many beach access walkways have been damaged, and include high drop-offs to the beach strand.  

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.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION for Those Beginning Clean-Up Activities

As property owners return and begin cleaning up their property from Florence's damage, please help us complete the collection of debris in the most efficient and safe manner. 

  • 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.

The Town's debris contractors are expected to arrive on Tuesday, and should begin debris collection efforts on Wednesday.  Collection efforts will likely continue for the next several weeks, and we will be working hard to have Emerald Isle back to normal as quickly as possible

Power Restoration Continues

Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative and their disaster partners continue to work hard to restore power in Emerald Isle. 

Power has been restored to many areas immediately adjacent to NC 58 between the Indian Beach town limits and Coast Guard Road, with intermittent gaps in service.  Some neighborhoods off of the main transmission line have power, while others are still waiting.  Power has also been restored along the entire length of Coast Guard Road, and to several neighborhoods located off of Coast Guard Road.    

The Town remains hopeful that power will be restored to the entire Town within the next few days, however, individuals returning to Emerald Isle should recognize that you may not have power at your home in Emerald Isle when you return.  Please plan accordingly. 

Vehicle Access Still Limited on Coast Guard Road Beyond Dolphin Ridge; Portable Pumps In Service Now

It is still not possible for most vehicles to access subdivisions located west of Dolphin Ridge along Coast Guard Road (Spinnakers Reach, Lands End, Point Emerald Villas, Wyndtree, and The Pointe), however, portable pumps have been deployed and are beginning to make a dent in the water levels.  The Town took delivery of 3 large rental pumps this afternoon, and 2 of these pumps are deployed in this area.  The Town expects delivery of 5 additional large rental pumps tomorrow afternoon, and plans to augment the capabilities at this location at that time. 

This section of Coast Guard Road is currently barely passable for high-clearance pickup trucks, and travel by most vehicles is not recommended.  Residents that live west of this area may park vehicles nearby and walk down the beach strand to access subdivisions located further west. 

Local Businesses Beginning to Open

As power is gradually restored, critical local businesses are beginning to open to provide essential items.  Speedway gas station, Food Lion, Publix, and SoundACE Hardware are all open during limited hours.  CVS Pharmacy is expected to open on Tuesday.  

Town Services, Other Information

Trash will not be collected on Monday or Tuesday, and recycling will not be collected on Wednesday.  The normal trash collection schedule is expected to resume on Thursday.

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

The Community Center remains closed indefinitely, and a reopening date will be announced soon. 

All Town meetings and events from September 17 - 23 are cancelled.   

Power Restoration Aids Storm Water Pumping Efforts, More Large Rental Pumps Expected Tuesday

The Town continues to utilize 6 portable pumps in flooded locations along Ocean Drive in eastern Emerald Isle, and will continue these efforts until issues are resolved in this area.  

Power has been restored to the Town's small relay pump on Ocean Drive in the Sea Crest neighborhood, and should slowly resolve flooding concerns in this area.  

With power being restored in some areas off Coast Guard Road, the Town's fixed storm water pumps should begin to resolve flooding concerns in the Osprey Ridge, Deer Horn Dunes, Sea Dunes, and Spinnakers Reach subdivisions, and at The Point.  Lands End continues to operate diesel pumps to address significant flooding concerns, and the Town will be working to support Lands End's efforts with additional pumping.  Small relay pumps on Bogue Court and Wyndward Court now have power, and should help to resolve flooding concerns in these areas.

A new large rental pump has been deployed on Ocean Drive near Doe Drive.  The Town expects to take delivery of 5 additional large pumps tomorrow, and these pumps will be deployed in various locations around Emerald Isle.  There are numerous other storm water flooding issues throughout Emerald Isle, and Town staff will be working to address these problems in the most strategic manner.  Identified storm water flooding areas include Sound Drive, Reed Drive, Wyndtree Drive, Wyndward Court, Bogue Court, and many low-spots along Ocean Drive in central and western Emerald Isle.   

Thank you for your patience as we work hard to clear storm water flooding areas.  Please understand that Emerald Isle received approximately 24 inches of rain in 3 days, and many other ares of North Carolina are also experiencing significant flooding.  

Beach Profile Survey Planned for Later This Week

The County's and the Town's beach profile surveyors will be on the beach in Emerald Isle later this week and next week, and these surveys will be used to determine how much sand was lost from the beach and dunes 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 . 

Please Conserve Water!

Please do not use water to clean homes and vehicles when you arrive, as the Town's public water supply remains at risk until all leaks (from private homes and piers) are identified and corrected. 

Best Travel Routes

The best route from the Raleigh area to Emerald Isle remains US 70 east all the way to Morehead City, and then west on NC 24 to the Emerald Isle bridge.  Additionally, NC 24 has now reopened between Emerald Isle and Jacksonville after being closed to flooding in recent days.

Please be advised that road conditions may change.  For the the latest information about eastern NC road conditions please consult your local authorities and/or NCDOT's Travel Information Management System at  https://tims.ncdot.gov/tims/regionsummary.aspx# .

 

Please travel safe, and heed warnings along all roadways.  DO NOT ENTER flooded roadways, as the depth and speed of flowing water are often deceiving.  TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN! Do not become a drowning victim simply because of your impatience!    

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 17, 2018 8:54:00 PM Categories: News
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