Hurricane Florence Update #22: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 8:30am

BRIDGE OPEN TO EVERYONE, NIGHTLY CURFEW REMAINS IN EFFECT     
Update #17 – Monday, Sept 17 – 9 pm
Emerald Isle Bridge Open to Everyone Beginning at 8 am; No Re-Entry Permit Necessary
Effective at 8 am Tuesday, the Emerald Isle bridge is open to everyone, and it is no longer necessary to utilize re-entry permits.
 
Curfew Remains in Effect for Everyone from 8 pm – 8 am Nightly
The Town-wide curfew remains in effect from 8 pm – 8 am each night, until further notice. It is illegal to move around Emerald Isle or leave your property during the curfew hours.  Residents and property owners should remain on your own property between 8 pm and 8 am, and non-residents and contractors may only be in Emerald Isle between 8 am and 8 pm daily.
Be Safe On The Beach Strand!
The Town has not yet begun clean-up efforts on the beach strand, and there remains significant debris on the beach strand and in the water.  Additionally, many beach access walkways are damaged, and some may not be accessible for use.  Please be careful when visiting the beach strand!
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 may still be present, so please be especially mindful of the following:
  • There are still 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.
Drone Videos Available For Viewing
Town volunteers have filmed various areas of Emerald Isle to allow our absentee property owners to view damage in your neighborhood.  To view the currently available videos, please visit  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/hurricane-florence–september-2018 .  Video of additional areas will be added as it becomes available.
 
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),
  • 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.
The Town’s debris contractors are expected to arrive on Tuesday, and should begin debris collection efforts on Wednesday.  Collection efforts will likely continue for the next several weeks, and we will be working hard to have Emerald Isle back to normal as quickly as possible
Power Restoration Continues

Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative and their disaster partners continue to work hard to restore power in Emerald Isle.

Power has been restored to many areas immediately adjacent to NC 58 between the Indian Beach town limits and Coast Guard Road, with intermittent gaps in service.  Some neighborhoods off of the main transmission line have power, while others are still waiting.  Power has also been restored along the entire length of Coast Guard Road, and to several neighborhoods located off of Coast Guard Road.
The Town remains hopeful that power will be restored to the entire Town within the next few days, however, individuals returning to Emerald Isle should recognize that you may not have power at your home in Emerald Isle when you return.  Please plan accordingly.
Vehicle Access Still Limited on Coast Guard Road Beyond Dolphin Ridge; Portable Pumps In Service Now

It is still not 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), however, portable pumps have been deployed and are beginning to make a dent in the water levels.  The Town took delivery of 3 large rental pumps this afternoon, and 2 of these pumps are deployed in this area.  The Town expects delivery of 5 additional large rental pumps tomorrow afternoon, and plans to augment the capabilities at this location at that time.

This section of Coast Guard Road is currently barely passable for high-clearance pickup trucks, and travel by most vehicles is not recommended.  Residents that live west of this area may park vehicles nearby and walk down the beach strand to access subdivisions located further west.
Local Businesses Beginning to Open
As power is gradually restored, critical local businesses are beginning to open to provide essential items.  Speedway gas station, Food Lion, Publix, and SoundACE Hardware are all open during limited hours.  CVS Pharmacy is expected to open on Tuesday.
Town Services, Other Information
Trash will not be collected on Monday or Tuesday, and recycling will not be collected on Wednesday.  The normal trash collection schedule is expected to resume on Thursday.
The Town Administration Building is open during normal business hours (8 am – 5 pm).
The Community Center remains closed indefinitely, and a reopening date will be announced soon.
All Town meetings and events from September 17 – 23 are cancelled.
Power Restoration Aids Storm Water Pumping Efforts, More Large Rental Pumps Expected Tuesday
The Town continues to utilize 6 portable pumps in flooded locations along Ocean Drive in eastern Emerald Isle, and will continue these efforts until issues are resolved in this area.
Power has been restored to the Town’s small relay pump on Ocean Drive in the Sea Crest neighborhood, and should slowly resolve flooding concerns in this area.
With power being restored in some areas off Coast Guard Road, the Town’s fixed storm water pumps should begin to resolve flooding concerns in the Osprey Ridge, Deer Horn Dunes, Sea Dunes, and Spinnakers Reach subdivisions, and at The Point.  Lands End continues to operate diesel pumps to address significant flooding concerns, and the Town will be working to support Lands End’s efforts with additional pumping.  Small relay pumps on Bogue Court and Wyndward Court now have power, and should help to resolve flooding concerns in these areas.
A new large rental pump has been deployed on Ocean Drive near Doe Drive.  The Town expects to take delivery of 5 additional large pumps tomorrow, and these pumps will be deployed in various locations around Emerald Isle.  There are numerous other storm water flooding issues throughout Emerald Isle, and Town staff will be working to address these problems in the most strategic manner.  Identified storm water flooding areas include Sound Drive, Reed Drive, Wyndtree Drive, Wyndward Court, Bogue Court, and many low-spots along Ocean Drive in central and western Emerald Isle.
Thank you for your patience as we work hard to clear storm water flooding areas.  Please understand that Emerald Isle received approximately 24 inches of rain in 3 days, and many other ares of North Carolina are also experiencing significant flooding.
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.
To view a preliminary assessment of the beach erosion along Bogue Banks by the Carteret County Shore Protection Office, please visit http://www.carteretcountync.gov/DocumentCenter/View/5215/Preliminary-Assessment .
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.
 
Best Travel Routes
The best route from the Raleigh area to Emerald Isle remains US 70 east all the way to Morehead City, and then west on NC 24 to the Emerald Isle bridge.  Additionally, NC 24 has now reopened between Emerald Isle and Jacksonville after being closed to flooding in recent days.
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!

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.