HURRICANE EVENT INFO FOR WB

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HURRICANE FLORENCE INFORMATION:


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September 18, 2018


September 18, 2018
Guide for Hurricane Florence Damage Debris Pick-up for Wrightsville Beach

Normal trash service will resume on Tuesday, September 18th. In addition, residential trash service will also run on Wednesday for the purpose of disposing perishable food waste such as refrigerator/freezer spoils. All perishable food items should be placed in plastic bags (tied) and deposited in the Town’s green trash container for collection.

Special Instructions:

* There will be ample time for you to clean up. Please place yard waste, white goods (with refrigerator and freezer doors removed and no food remaining), bulk household items such as carpets and furniture all in separate piles for removal (PLEASE DO NOT MIX THESE ITEMS TOGETHER, this will only delay pickups). There will be an update on when Disaster Debris Removal Service Trucks will arrive and a final deadline set for debris to be by the side of the road.

* Construction debris must be placed in a separate pile adjacent to the roadway (lumber, sheetrock, siding, etc.).

* Loose yard debris, such as leaves, should be placed in paper bags.

* Please cut large limbs into 4 foot sections and place in a vegetative debris pile.

* If you are located on a private street or in a private community, all Hurricane Debris must be brought to the nearest public Right-of-Way. The Town will not be reimbursed from FEMA for removing debris from private streets. Normal dumpster service with domestic trash only will continue to be serviced.

* No hazardous chemicals or paint will be accepted. Further information will be updated when New Hanover County Hazmat Wagon returns to their normal Wednesday service.

* DO NOT block fire hydrants.

* DO NOT block storm water drains and keep out of the roadway.

* Keep all debris away from power poles, guide wires, cable and phone boxes.

* Do not block your neighbor’s driveways or mailboxes.

If you have any questions, please contact Public Works at 910-256-7935.


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September 17, 2018


Re-Entry Instructions and Process for the Town of Wrightsville Beach

Click here to download the re-entry instructions, process, and forms for the Town of Wrightsville Beach.

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September 16, 2018

Town of Wrightsville Beach
Press Release
Hurricane Florence
9/16/2018


1.    We reported last night in our last press briefing that the town was well underway with their recovery efforts. Our three main priorities were to; 
a.    Restore operations at the Public Safety Center, which was accomplished last evening. 
b.    Restore operations at the Public Works Facility and their operations. This was partially completed last evening. 
c.     The third was to work to restore water and sewer capability to the island. This is in progress. 
2.    Public works was able to get partial water restored and was able to get some sewage flowing, but not enough to accommodate re-entry. To power all lift stations fully, the Town will need the power restored. 
3.    Speaking with Duke Energy, they are doing everything possible to get power restored, but there was a great deal of damage that will have to be mitigated on the Wilmington side of the bridge before they can restore power to the island. That could take several days. 
4.    Last night, there was a great deal of flooding and other obstacles on the Wilmington side of the bridge that temporarily took attention off of recovery efforts, so that could have at least some impact in getting power restored as well. 
5.    At this time, it is not likely that we will be able to start the re-entry process to at least Tuesday or possibly Wednesday, but crews are working to improvise adapt and overcome these obstacles in the hopes of bringing our residents back sooner than later. 
6.    The town of Wrightsville Beach is divided in 10 different divisions. During the day today, we will be posting video of side streets by division and posting to Facebook. After this press conference we will be posting a division map in Facebook so you will know which division your home is located. 
7.    We will be working to keep the public informed about the progress we are making through press conferences at 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM until we are back to normal operations. In addition, we will keep the public updated through the Police Department’s Facebook page and through our Public Information hotline. That number is below.

Agency Contact 910-524-0092 


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September 15, 2018


Town of Wrightsville Beach
Press Release
September 15, 2018
***LOCATION CORRECTION***
 
Press Conference Schedule Change
for the Town of Wrightsville Beach
 
Beginning Sunday, September 16, 2018, the Town of Wrightsville Beach will conduct twice daily press conferences at 11:00 am and again at 4:00 pm to provide the latest information on recovery and re-entry efforts. 

These press conferences will take place at the FIRST CITIZENS BANK, 1910 Eastwood Road, Wilmington, NC 28403. They will also be live-streamed on the  Town of Wrightsville Beach Police Department’s Facebook page, barring any signal issues.

This schedule and location will be in effect until further notice.

For questions, please call 910-524-0092.



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Town of Wrightsville Beach
Press Release
September 15, 2018 

Re-Entry Plan into the Town of Wrightsville Beach
 
Beginning on Saturday, September 15th, Town Staff will begin assessing the Town’s infrastructure and facilities and bringing them back on-line barring any major issues.  This full scale re-entry operation takes time and hard work by all those involved.  All personnel are working as quickly and safely to accomplish these tasks in a timely manner.
 
The Town is also in contact with Duke Energy, Spectrum and AT&T regarding their damage assessment measures and restoration of their infrastructure.
 
All water, sewer, roads, and utilities must be assessed and restored in some capacity to help insure that there are no injuries, deaths or other significant issues that arise as a result of allowing citizens and businesses back to the island.  Staff fully recognizes that residents and businesses wish to get back to their properties and assess their own potential damage and ultimately get back to normal operation.
 
Following today’s assessment, staff can more accurately project a re-entry date and time in which residents and business owners can return. Re-entry must be made during daylight hours.  The re-entry date and time will be communicated through the Police Department Facebook page, the Town’s Facebook page, the Town’s website, the Town’s email contact list, and local media outlets.  It is projected that this re-entry could be early next week or sooner if at all possible. As stated, an announcement about re-entry will be made soon following today’s assessment of Town infrastructure and following information from other utility carries regarding their infrastructure.
 
When Re-entry is announced, the following groups will be allowed back on the island first:
·         Only residents that have a tax decal (re-entry decal) posted on their windshield or proof of residency (tax bill, water bill, etc.) and a photo ID will be able to return.  Residents, at some point early in the re-entry process, will be allowed to meet their contractors at the bridge and escort them to their property and off the island following any work done at their residence or business.  This will not be immediately after re-entry.  This activity will be allowed following further notification by the Town.
·         Business owners will be allowed back but they will need to have a commercial pass to re-enter.  The Town will also allow the press to enter the Town but only with press credentials.  Finally, the Town will allow those that have a caretaker pass to enter at the same time.
 
Based on the situation, contractors will be able to enter approximately 12 to 24 hours later.  The general public will also be notified when re-entry will occur at some point following the previously listed groups.  If conditions permit, both of these groups may be able return at the same time. 
 
Please be respectful of private property and the work that town’s staff, residents and businesses need to do to recover.  Please be respectful to law enforcement that must insure that only those that need to return do so.  Thank you for your patience.
 
If you have any other questions, please contact (910)524-0092

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September 14, 2018 1:45 pm

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Town of Wrightsville Beach
Press Release
Condition Assessment of the Town of Wrightsville Beach

As of Friday, September 14th at 1:00 pm Town employees assessed the condition of the island. In general, there was shallow flooding on Harbor Island and in other low lying areas of the Town. There was structural damage to a limited number of homes that included mainly roof damage, missing shingles, and missing siding. Higher than normal tides and surge may have compromised some docks but most appeared to be in good condition.

The Town will continue to hold press briefings at 9am, 2pm, and 9pm. These press briefings will continue for the duration of the storm. These briefings, along with live streaming video of areas of the Town can be viewed on the Wrightsville Beach Police Department’s Facebook page.

Town Staff will work to bring water and sewer back on as soon as possible. Duke Energy will also need to repair any downed power lines and restore power to most or all of the island. It is anticipated that this process could take until Sunday morning or slightly later.

The goal is to allow residents and business owners back quickly but in a safe manner and during daylight hours. This can only happen after water, sewer and electric has been restored. Notification of the date and time of re-entry will be sent as more information unfolds regarding restoration of services. Residents with Town vehicle tax decals or some other valid form of property ownership documentation (water bill, tax bill) and a driver’s license will be allowed to re-enter when the evacuation is lifted. Wrightsville Beach business owners will also be able to enter with proper identification when re-entry is announced. At some point following the initial re-entry, the Town will then allow the general public to enter. 
If you have any other questions, please contact (910)524-0092. Thank you for your patience.

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September 13, 2018

Town of Wrightsville Beach
Press Release
 
All Future Media Updates
 
Effective September 13th, all media briefings will be at the Wrightsville Beach Emergency Operations Center, 1910 Eastwood Road, Wilmington, NC 28403. The briefings will be at 9:00 am, 2:00 pm, and 9:00 pm, weather permitting. These media briefings will likely be the only contact with the media throughout the day. These briefings will continue until further notice. If you have any questions, please contact (910) 524-0092.
The town continues to be under a mandatory evacuation order until further notice.
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September 12, 2018


Dear Residents and Business Owners,
For questions regarding re-entry after Hurricane Florence, please call 910-524-0092 during normal business hours.
Thank you,
Diana Zeunen
Administration/Operations
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September 11, 2018:



WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH TOWN OFFICIALS 
ORDER A MANDATORY EVACUATION 
 
WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH -  Town of Wrightsville Beach officials have ordered a mandatory evacuation that begins at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 12, 2018.  Access to Wrightsville Beach will be limited to Wrightsville Beach residents only - no visitors or contractors are allowed once a mandatory evacuation is in place. NO ONE WILL BE ALLOWED ON THE BEACH AFTER 8:00 PM ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2018.  

To protect the Town's water system, the system will be shut down beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday.  It is likely that power on the island will be lost some time Wednesday evening into Thursday.  Depending on the severity of the storm, power will not be restored for an extended timeframe. Residents are encouraged to turn off gas valves and the main electrical breaker to their homes and apartments prior to evacuation.  Residents should also turn off water valves to their docks and piers.  Electrical power, water supply and sewage facilities to the Town will be disconnected following the mandatory evacuation.   

Emergency responders and essential personnel will begin 12 hour shifts starting Wednesday.  All Town offices will be closed on Wednesday in order to focus on storm related activities.  Staff will be preparing and operating Town's Emergency Operations Center on or before Wednesday at 8:00 pm and all Town operations will take place from off the island.  Emergency responders will discontinue calls for service when sustained winds are 50 mph or greater.  Please take precautions to secure all outdoor items and any other emergency measures to protect life and property.  

Trask Middle School located at 2900 N. College Road is currently open for shelter and is a pet co-location shelter.  New Hanover County anticipates opening additional shelters.  Please stay tuned to your local news for additional Hurricane Florence related information.  
 
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September 11, 2018, 3:30 pm:

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH TOWN OFFICIALS 
ORDER A MANDATORY EVACUATION 
 
WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH - The Governor of North Carolina has issued a mandatory evacuation for barrier islands effective as of noon on Tuesday, September 11th. Access to Wrightsville Beach beginning at 8 am Wednesday, September 12th will be limited to Wrightsville Beach residents only - no visitors or contractors are allowed once a mandatory evacuation is in place. NO ONE WILL BE ALLOWED ON THE BEACH AFTER 8:00 PM ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2018.
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