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Mayor Barber has rescinded the curfew in Emerald Isle, and there are no restrictions on entry or movement in Emerald Isle.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

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

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C Gull Tree Service

Atlantic Beach


Collins Tree Services



Hampton's Tree Service



Scott's Stump Grinding



Settle Tree Service



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 .  

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 . 

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 , 

- 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 , 

- sign up for text message alerts at , 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