Hurricane Florence Update #16: Saturday, September 15, 2018 8:oopm
I BRIDGE OPEN FOR RE-ENTRY PERMIT HOLDERS ONLY AT 1 PM SUNDAY
Update #13 – Saturday, Sept 15 – 7 pm
Emerald Isle Bridge Open for RE-ENTRY PERMIT Holders ONLY at 1 PM Sunday
The Emerald Isle bridge will open for RE-ENTRY PERMIT holders ONLY at 1 pm Sunday.Individuals without a previously-issued Town of Emerald Isle re-entry permit will not be allowed on to the island. To gain entry, you must display your official re-entry permit, and no other forms of identification will be accepted to gain entry. If you do not have a re-entry permit, you will not be permitted to enter Emerald Isle, and you will need to wait until the bridge is opened for the general public later this week.
Curfew Hours Adjusted at 1 pm Sunday
The Town remains under a 24-hour, Town-wide curfew until 1 pm Sunday. The curfew will be lifted at 1 pm on Sunday, and it will be legal to move about Emerald Isle at that time.
A new night-hours curfew will be effective at 8 pm Sunday. Until further notice, the entire Town will be under a curfew from 8 pm to 8 am each night, and it will not be legal to move around Emerald Isle during these hours.
The practical result is that re-entry permit holders will be able to enter Emerald Isle beginning at 1 pm Sunday, and may continue to freely access Emerald Isle until 8 pm on Sunday night. No one, including re-entry permit holders, will be permitted to enter Emerald Isle after 8 pm on Sundaynight. When the curfew ends at 8 am on Monday morning, re-entry permit holders will again be permitted to enter Emerald Isle and it will be legal to move about Emerald Isle during the day. The curfew will be in effect again at 8 pm Monday night and remain in effect until 8 am Tuesday, and so on.
Vehicle Access to Areas Along Coast Guard Road May Be Limited West of Dolphin Ridge
Due to significant storm water flooding and electric issues, it may not be possible for vehicles to access subdivisions located west of Dolphin Ridge along Coast Guard Road (Spinnakers Reach, Lands End, Point Emerald Villas, Wyndtree, and The Pointe).
Emerald Isle Remains Without Power; Timetable Uncertain to Restore Power
Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative crews are working hard to restore power as quickly as possible in Emerald Isle, however, individuals returning to Emerald Isle must understand that you may not have power at your home in Emerald Isle for several days.
Emerald Isle May Have Limited Public Water Supply
Bogue Banks Water staff is working hard to ensure adequate water supply in Emerald Isle, however, the impacts from Florence have resulted in a situation where it may be necessary to turn off the public water supply for some period of time. Individuals returning to Emerald Isle must understand that you may not have potable water at your home in Emerald Isle for several days. If you do have public water supply at your house, please help us conserve water by NOT washing your homes or vehicles until the public water supply is fully restored.
Be Safe in Emerald Isle
The impacts from Hurricane Florence are significant, and the Town seeks to promote the safety of all individuals in Emerald Isle once the bridge is open and the curfew is lifted during daytime hours. Please be especially mindful of the following:
- There are numerous areas with standing water in Emerald Isle, and there may be hazards, both man-made and animals, in the water.
- Please be aware of low-hanging utility lines, and avoid contact.
- Please exercise caution if / when connecting a generator to your home.
- Please note that many beach access walkways have been damaged, and include high drop-offs to the beach strand.
Eastern NC Access Routes Inaccessible – BE SAFE
Individuals returning to Emerald Isle are advised that there are currently no open routes to Emerald Isle that are accessible through eastern North Carolina due to flooding caused by Florence. Road conditions will likely worsen and improve in the coming days, and for the latest information about eastern NC road conditions please consult your local authorities and/or NCDOT’s Travel Information Management System at https://tims.ncdot.gov/tims/
Please travel safe, and heed warnings along all roadways. DO NOT ENTER flooded roadways, as the depth and speed of flowing water are often deceiving. TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN! Do not become a drowning victim simply because of your impatience!
Emerald Isle Bridge Open to Emerald Isle and Indian Beach Re-Entry Permit Holders ONLY
Indian Beach re-entry permit holders will also be able to enter Emerald Isle, via the Emerald Isle bridge ONLY, at the same time as Emerald Isle permit holders, and will be under identical restrictions as Emerald Isle. Atlantic Beach permit holders will also be able to enter Atlantic Beach, via the Atlantic Beach bridge ONLY, at the same time, and will be under identical restrictions as Emerald Isle.
Pine Knoll Shores will open to re-entry permit holders at 1 pm on Monday and then be under identical restrictions.
Emerald Isle and Indian Beach re-entry permit holders must use the Emerald Isle bridge ONLY. Atlantic Beach re-entry permit holders must use the Atlantic Beach bridge ONLY.
Emerald Isle Bridge Remains Closed to General Public, Decision to Reopen to Everyone Will Be Day-To-Day
Individuals who do not have an Emerald Isle re-entry permit will not be allowed to enter Emerald Isle until further notice. The Town will continue working hard in the coming days to address the remaining issues, and a decision on allowing the general public to re-enter Emerald Isle will be made on a day-to-day basis.
The Town is pleased to reopen the bridge to re-entry permit holders, and is taking this step to allow our residents and property owners to assess the condition of your property and take appropriate steps to secure your property if necessary. Please note that only individuals with a previously-issued Town of Emerald Isle re-entry permit will be permitted to enter Emerald Isle, and contractors who do not already have a re-entry permit will be required to wait until Emerald Isle is open to the general public later this week.
Residents and property owners are also advised that there are also significant impacts from Florence in Cape Carteret, Cedar Point, and Swansboro, and there may be limited businesses open with needed supplies.
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.
– 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.
– 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.