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.
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.