Emerald Isle Back to Normal!
Minimal Impacts from Hurricane Matthew
FINAL Update #9 - Sunday, October 9 - 11 am
The Emerald Isle Bridge is OPEN to Everyone!
Emerald Isle Fortunate to Escape Matthew with Only Minimal Impacts
Life is now back to normal in Emerald Isle! It's a cool, breezy day with sunny skies, and the ocean is finally calm after being churned up for the past few days. Conditions will only continue to improve throughout the day.
Emerald Isle suffered only minimal impacts from Matthew, and Town staff is hard at work this morning reopening Town facilities, cleaning up downed tree limbs from streets and the bike path, and removing washed-up tires and other minor debris from the beach strand. We expect to have the Town all cleaned up later today.
No Significant Damage to Structures Observed
There is no significant structural damage in Emerald Isle, with only a handful of instances of loose siding, lost shingles, and other minor impacts. The maximum wind gust reported at Fire Station 1 was 60 mph.
Electric, cable, and phone service are intact for nearly everyone, although there may be isolated outages. Please contact your provider directly to report any service outage.
No Storm Water Issues
Emerald Isle was extremely fortunate to avoid the heaviest rain bands associated with Matthew, and only recorded approximately 2 inches +/- of rainfall for the entire event. There are no storm water flooding concerns anywhere in Emerald Isle.
Beach Survey Team Will Complete Full Assessment to Determine Extent of Beach Erosion
Fortunately, there were no dune breaches along the Town's 12 miles of ocean beach, with only minor erosion of the frontal dunes in a few locations. As expected during any hurricane event, the flat beach profile was flattened somewhat by Matthew's strong waves and storm surge, and we are uncertain as to the degree of beach erosion that occurred - both on the flat, sandy beach and the important underwater profile.
The Town will be partnering with Carteret County and other towns on Bogue Banks to complete a full post-Matthew survey of the beach strand in the coming days. The results of this survey will guide the Town's future efforts to replace any sand lost during Hurricane Matthew.
All Parks and Beach Accesses Open, Except for Emerald Isle Woods Park
Emerald Isle Woods Park, a 43-acre nature park, remains closed due to the presence of several downed tree limbs on park trails. We expect to reopen the park to the public by Tuesday morning, if not sooner.
Beach Driving Closed Until Monday, October 10
The beach will reopen to vehicles on Monday, October 10 at 5 am.
Travel to and from Emerald Isle - Be Careful and Check NCDOT Road Status
Portions of central and eastern North Carolina are experiencing or are soon expected to experience significant river / creek flooding as a result of rainfall from Hurricane Matthew. Some routes to and from Emerald Isle may be impassable. Residents, property owners, and visitors are encouraged to check NCDOT's website at https://www.ncdot.gov/ for the latest road information.
The Town works hard to keep you well-informed, and offers several platforms to keep you updated on Town issues. Stay in touch on a variety of Town issues by using one or more of the following:
- Visit the Town's website at http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/
- Sign up for the Town's email newsletter at top right corner of website - "Join Email List"
- Follow us on Facebook at "Town of Emerald Isle, NC"
- Follow us on Twitter @townemeraldisle
- Download the Emerald Isle App at Google Play and the App Store - search for "Emerald Isle NC".
Please also contact Town staff at 252-354-3424 during normal business hours if we can be helpful in any way. A complete directory, including email addresses, is available at http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/contact-us .