Hurricane Florence Update #20: Monday, September 17, 2018 9:00am

RECOVERY EFFORTS CONTINUE – ACCESS LIMITED TO RE-ENTRY PERMIT HOLDERS    
Update #15 – Sunday, Sept 16 – 8 pm
 
Access to Emerald Isle for RE-ENTRY PERMIT Holders ONLY – 8 am – 8 pm Daily
The Emerald Isle bridge is open for RE-ENTRY PERMIT holders ONLY from 8 am – 8 pmdaily, until further notice.  Individuals without a previously-issued Town of Emerald Isle re-entry permit will not be allowed through the checkpoint.
Individuals with a previously-issued Town of Emerald Isle re-entry permit may come and go, to and from the island, between 8 am and 8 pm only.  Re-entry permit holders may also spend the night on their property in Emerald Isle, however, a Town-wide curfew is in effect from 8 pm – 8 am.  It is illegal to move around Emerald Isle or leave your property during the curfew hours.
To proceed through the checkpoint, you must display your official re-entry permit.  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.
 
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 opened the bridge to re-entry permit holders to allow our residents and property owners to assess the condition of property and take appropriate steps to secure property if necessary, and also to allow our businesses to prepare for the return of the general public later this week.  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.
Power Restoration Efforts Continue In Earnest, Power Starting to Come on Along NC 58
Power is just staring to be restored along NC 58 in eastern Emerald Isle, and the Town is optimistic that other areas will soon follow.  Carteret-Craven Electric crews and their disaster partners have been in Emerald Isle all day long, and continue to make progress.  The only other area in Emerald Isle currently with power is along NC 58 in limited areas between Coast Guard Road and the “downtown” area.

 
 
The Town remains hopeful that additional areas will have power restored tomorrow, however, it is important for individuals returning to Emerald Isle to recognize that you may not have power at your home in Emerald Isle for several days.  Please plan accordingly.
Vehicle Access Limited West of Dolphin Ridge on Coast Guard Road
Due to significant storm water flooding, it may not be possible for most vehicles to access subdivisions located west of Dolphin Ridge along Coast Guard Road (Spinnakers Reach, Lands End, Point Emerald Villas, Wyndtree, and The Pointe).  Residents are permitted to park vehicles and walk to these areas along the beach.
Town Staff Working to Address Storm Water Flooding Issues

Town staff have deployed 6 portable pumps to flooded locations in eastern Emerald Isle to clear small-area flooding concerns along Ocean Drive, and will continue to relocate the pumps from east to west to additional locations as various locations are cleared.

There are significant storm water issues in Deer Horn Dunes, Sea Dunes, Spinnakers Reach, Lands End, The Point, and in Osprey Ridge.  The Town has large, fixed pump systems in all of these locations, however, they cannot function without power.  The Town activated its pre-positioned contract for several generators on Saturday morning, however, inland flooding conditions did not allow delivery until late tonight.  The first generator is being installed in Osprey Ridge right now, and the fixed pump in that area should be functional later tonight.  Thus, we expect storm water flooding in this area to be resolved within the next few days.  Three additional generators will be deployed tomorrow to the other fixed pump locations, and this should enable the Town to resolve these issues in the next few days.
Additionally, we continue to push for power restoration along Coast Guard Road, which will further expedite the clearing of storm water from these areas.
There is also significant flooding along Coast Guard Road between the entrance to Spinnakers Reach and Lands End, and this flooding prevents most vehicles from traveling through this area. The Town does not have a fixed storm water pump in this location, and is awaiting the delivery of large portable pumps to clear this area.  The Town’s pre-positioned portable pump contract was also activated on Saturday, however, the pumps have not been delivered from southeastern NC due to continued impacts from Florence in that area and inaccessible roads.  The Town will deploy large portable pumps to this area as soon as they are received.
Other significant storm water problem areas will also be addressed with portable rental pumps and the Town’s portable pumps, including Reed Drive, Wyndtree Drive, Wyndward Court, and Ocean Drive near Fawn Drive.  The Town also has flooding issues in the 6400 block of Ocean Drive and on Bogue Court, and is awaiting restoration of power to small fixed pumps in these locations, which should resolve these concerns relatively quickly.
Thank you for your patience as we work hard to clear storm water flooding areas.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION for Those Beginning Clean-Up Activities
As property owners return and begin cleaning up their property from Florence’s damage, please help us complete the collection of debris in the most efficient and safe manner.
  • 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),
  • 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.
Town staff and our debris contractors will begin debris collection efforts early this week, and will continue these efforts for the next several weeks.  We will be working hard to have Emerald Isle back to normal as quickly as possible
Beach Profile Survey Planned for Later This Week
The County’s and the Town’s beach profile surveyors will be on the beach in Emerald Isle later this week and next week, and these surveys will be used to determine how much sand was lost from the beach and dunes 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.

Please Conserve Water!

Please do not use water to clean homes and vehicles when you arrive, as the Town’s public water supply remains at risk until all leaks (from private homes and piers) are identified and corrected.

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.  Please note that numerous hazards are present, so 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.
Best Travel Route from Raleigh Area
Several individuals returning to Emerald Isle from the Raleigh area have utilized US 70 east all the way to Morehead City, and then traveled west on NC 24 to the Emerald Isle bridge.  This appears to be the best available travel route at this time.
 
Please be advised that road conditions may change.  For the 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/regionsummary.aspx# .

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 are also able to enter Emerald Isle, via the Emerald Isle bridge ONLY, at the same times as Emerald Isle permit holders.  Atlantic Beach permit holders are also able to enter Atlantic Beach, via the Atlantic Beach bridge ONLY, at the same times. Pine Knoll Shores will open to re-entry permit holders at 1 pm on Monday and then be under identical restrictions.
Drone Video / Pictures of Florence Damage
A drone was sent up over Emerald Isle today to capture video of Emerald Isle to share with our property owners, however, continuing high speeds limited the coverage area.  An additional attempt will be made tomorrow, and the Town will post this video for public viewing when it’s available.
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 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.