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Flash Flood threat over the weekend 

August 6, 2021

According to the NWS Newport-Morehead City office, another round of heavy rainfall is expected Saturday, August 7, 2021, across eastern North Carolina with widespread amounts of 1-2 inches anticipated.

Pockets of 4 inches or more are possible with isolated thunderstorms. Therefore, there is a localized flash flooding threat for much of the region. In addition to flooding, a few stronger storms could produce isolated damaging wind gusts.

Due to more than eight inches of rain already received in Emerald Isle this week, the ground is saturated, and you may notice standing water. Always remember to turn around, don't drown when you see flooded streets and roadways. 


Posted by Anna Smith Friday, August 6, 2021 4:48:00 PM Categories: News

Rain, Rain Go Away: Emerald Isle Experiences Flooding 

August 4, 2021

As of the release of this public update, more than 8 inches of rain has fallen in Emerald Isle in less than 3 days. Heavy rains are anticipated for the remainder of today and predicted for the week ending August 6, 2021.

Please take a few moments to read the following update related to the Town of Emerald Isle’s Proactive Stormwater Planning and Improvement Steps.

Following Hurricane Florence (2018), the hydrological flow of stormwater on Emerald Isle has been quantifiably impacted.  Additionally, the frequency and volume of heavy rain flow has intensified. 

Currently, there are approximately 6,500 residential lots within the jurisdictional boundaries of Emerald Isle that are developed.  As of July 2021, the most recent survey indicates that approximately 620 undeveloped lots remain.  Thus, approximately 94% of the identified buildable lots on Emerald Isle are now constructed.

As noted in the published Town of Emerald Isle Progressive Roadmap 2021-2023, elected officials and staff are taking proactive steps to (1) enhance its local planning processes and protective measures and (2) simultaneously improve the island's drainage system. . 

Below you will find a list of action steps taken, and/or, in process:

  • The E.I. Public Works Department has cleaned opened ditches, waterways, and enclosed stormwater pipes across the island.
    • In 2020, E.I. staff worked with the Town of Newport. 
    • By using shared municipal equipment, Emerald Isle saved approximately $45,000 in pipe cleaning.
  • The Town successfully completed a total of over $871,000 related system repairs between 2018-2021.
    • Reed Drive drainage improvements totaling $121,000, partially funded by FEMA.
    • A $750,000 public/private improvement project on Islander Drive to improve water flow and roadway surfaces.
  • Stormwater repairs on east Reed Drive, Cedar Street and Lee Ave have been identified.
    • A grant application of $535,000 is being filed with FEMA to repair, replace, and improve this critical infrastructure
    • Upon award, the contract(s) will be bid and awarded.
    • Construction will immediately follow.  
  • A comprehensive evaluation of all town maintained stationary generators and stormwater pumps is complete.
    • A grant application of $330,000 is being filed with FEMA to repair, replace, and improve this critical infrastructure
  • An evaluation of stormwater piping and needed repairs in the Cape Emerald subdivision is complete
    • A grant for $85,000 is being filed with FEMA to repair, replace, and improve this critical infrastructure
  • The E.I. Board of Commissioners established a committee to review the Town’s Unified Development Ordinance and development processes.
    • The Planning Review Committee was tasked with advertising, interviewing and recommending a private firm to review and update the Town’s UDO.
      • A contract was awarded to N-Focus on July 13, 2021 by the Town Board of Commissioners
    • Along with N-focus, the Town will review/update its vegetation guidelines, stormwater, and development rules via the UDO update.
    • The process will take 8-10 months to complete and will involve public input.
  • The Board of Commissioners selected engineers at Moffat & Nichol to serve as the primary stormwater review firm for the Town of Emerald Isle
    • Town staff and engineers at Moffat & Nichol are have identified a list of high priority drainage areas
    • Design concepts and pricing models have been/are being designed
    • A series of applications are being submitted to FEMA, under the 428 mitigation grant program, to fund these highly important projects.
    • Over $3M in critical repairs are anticipated throughout Emerald Isle.

In addition to responding to all of the aforementioned critical stormwater needs, the leadership in Emerald Isle has identified a progressive goals roadmap.  This document prioritizes action steps, deadlines, and assignments across multiple departments within the Town.  Click here to read over the proposed action plan(s) for 2021-2023.  

For a single page recap of actions completed in 2020, please click here to review the Progressive Goals Scorecard.

Local development is evident and visible upon our island. Nevertheless, it is critical that we maintain an exceptional quality of life and make the least amount of impact upon our environment.  The Town of Emerald is blessed with an array of natural amenities, we must work together to protect and maintain these gifts.

Posted by Anna Smith Wednesday, August 4, 2021 2:21:00 PM Categories: News

Heavy Rainfall Causes Flooding in Emerald Isle 

Portion of Reed Drive Closed

Due to ongoing heavy rainfall, several streets and roadways in Emerald Isle may be unpassable on August 4, 2021. The Town has received several inches of rain in the past 24 hours, and a Flash Flood Watch will continue through Thursday. 

9:30 a.m. update: Reed Drive, between East and West Sea View drives, is barricaded and closed to traffic at this time, due to flooding.

If you encounter a flooded area, be sure to turn around and find an alternative route. Do not attempt to drive through standing water.

Town staff is aware of where there is standing water, and is hard at work to alleviate the issue. 

Posted by Anna Smith Wednesday, August 4, 2021 8:46:00 AM Categories: News

Accidental Drowning Confirmed in Emerald Isle 

August 2, 2021

Accidental drowning in Emerald Isle

Town officials have confirmed a man drowned on Monday, August 2, 2021, in Emerald Isle. 

Joshua Paul Bishop, 36, of Roanoke, VA, was confirmed deceased at 3 p.m. Monday at Carteret Health Care in Morehead City, where he was transported after lifesaving efforts were initiated on scene by emergency responders. 

Emerald Isle Emergency Services responded to a call at 2001 Ocean Drive at 1:48 p.m. Monday, regarding a male subject in the water. 

Shortly after, Mr. Bishop was pulled from the water with the assistance of fire department personnel and two Ocean Rescue Lifeguards. He was transported by EMS to Carteret Health Care, where he was declared deceased.

The Town of Emerald Isle would like to express its sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Bishop. 

Posted by Anna Smith Monday, August 2, 2021 5:20:00 PM Categories: News

Emerald Tidings - August 2021 

Posted by Anna Smith Monday, August 2, 2021 8:50:00 AM Categories: News

Kelly Lane Boat Channel Dredging Project Bids - Updated 

Kelly Lane Boat Channel Dredging Project

August 4, 2021
9:00 AM
Pursuant to the Kelly Lane Boat Ramp Project, please find attached a bid addendum for your review. 
Any and all changes to the original bid document are highlighted in yellow.

The Town has negotiated an offload site between the homes at 5306 and 5308 Bogue Sound Drive.
Please account for restoration of this site and private ramp in your bid.
Offload Site: 5306 and 5308 Bogue Sound Drive, Emerald Isle, NC 28594
The Town has identified a disposal site at the Senator Jean Preston Memorial Park, located 1.7 miles due west of the offload site.
Town staff is finalizing details with CAMA as soon as possible.
The park is located on the west end of the NC Boat Ramp Parking area (6712 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle, NC 28594).
The Town staff is working to secure the general permit and adjacent property owner permission signatures with CAMA.

You can review the bid addendum here

Friday July 30, 2021

The Town of Emerald Isle desires to dredge a site identified as the Kelly Lane Boat Ramp project. 

Bids will be received until 15:00 (3 PM) local time on Friday, August 6, 2021 by the Town of Emerald Isle.

Bids maybe submitted in sealed envelopes to the attention of:

The Town of Emerald Isle

Matt Zapp, Town Manager

7500 Emerald Drive

Emerald Isle, NC 28594

The bid opening will occur at:

The Town of Emerald Isle

Administrative Offices

7509 Emerald Drive

Emerald Isle, NC 28594

For access to the updated complete bid package, click here.

Posted by Anna Smith Friday, July 30, 2021 9:59:00 AM Categories: News

EI Beach Driving Permit applications available August 1 

Starting on Sunday, August 1, Emerald Isle Beach Driving Permit Applications for the 2021-22 season will be available online at The beach driving season officially begins on Wednesday, September 15 and runs through April. As always, beach driving will be closed for a ten-day period around Easter.

Please note, permit applications will be online only for the month of August. Beginning in September, permit applications can be found either online or at the Emerald Isle Police Department at 7500 Emerald Drive.

Watch this short video to learn more about the updated application process for this year.


Posted by Anna Smith Wednesday, July 28, 2021 11:54:00 AM Categories: News

Jr. Lifeguard Camps complete for 2021 

The Emerald Isle Fire Department just concluded the second round of Jr. Lifeguard Camp for 2021. This week was geared toward 13-17 year-olds. 

Check out our latest video on the Jr. Lifeguard Camp below, and stay tuned in Spring 2022 for information on how to register your child for the next round.



Posted by Anna Smith Friday, July 23, 2021 2:57:00 PM Categories: News

Boat America Registration Until July 22 

Please see the following flyer for information about the Boat America Public Education Course, presented by Flotilla 054-20-10 Swansboro. 

Registration closes on Thursday, July 22: 



Posted by Anna Smith Wednesday, July 21, 2021 9:52:00 AM Categories: News

Jr. Lifeguard Camps Underway 

Jr. Lifeguard Camp was held July 12-15 for 9-12 year-olds, and everyone had a great time! This video highlights a few moments of the camp led by Emerald Isle Ocean Rescue Lifeguards and Ocean Rescue Coordinator William Matthias.

Special thanks to Banks, Gray & Crumpler, PLLC for a sponsorship toward the Junior Guard shirts; Emerald Club for sponsorship of reusable water bottles; and U Dream It Builders for the pizza, drinks and dessert at the end of camp celebration.


Posted by Anna Smith Friday, July 16, 2021 5:18:00 PM Categories: News
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