Hurricane Florence Debris Collection Nearing Completion

FLORENCE DEBRIS COLLECTION NEARING COMPLETION,

PLEASE PLACE DEBRIS AT STREET EDGE BY OCTOBER 28

Update #31 – Thursday, October 18 – 1 pm
Additional Hurricane Florence Updates as Warranted

This update is a periodic update on the Town’s recovery efforts associated with Hurricane Florence.  Additional updates will be distributed periodically as new information becomes available that may be helpful to our residents, property owners, businesses, and visitors.

Please note that the official information from the Town of Emerald Isle is always posted at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/  (click on “Latest News” in the bottom left hand corner of the main page), and the most recent post regarding Florence contains accurate information.  As additional information becomes available that is new, different, or updated, it will be distributed through all of the Town’s digital platforms and posted on the Town’s website.

Please Place Florence Debris at Street Edge by Sunday, October 28

The Town’s debris contractors are approximately 80% complete, and we are hopeful that all debris will be collected from Town streets by November 1.
The Town’s contractor is currently operating with a total of 10 trucks in Emerald Isle.

Please make sure all construction and demolition debris and vegetative debris from your property is placed at the street edge no later than the end of the day on Sunday, October 28 to insure that your debris is collected by the Town’s contractor (at no charge to you). 
Out-of-town property owners who still need to gather debris on their property are encouraged to use these next two weekends to place your debris at the street edge.

The Town’s debris contractors have collected more than 132,000 cubic yards of debris associated with Florence.  To put this in perspective, this equates to 5,500 loads of debris in one of the Town’s typical yard debris collection trucks.  The Town’s Public Works Department averages approximately 1,000 loads for an entire year!

As reported in previous updates, Emerald Isle residents who do not want to wait for the Town’s contractor to collect debris from the street edge may transport their own debris to a temporary disposal site at Western Park off Old NC 58 in Cedar Point.  Additionally, Carteret County has now established a procedure for your personal contractor to deliver your personal debris to the County’s temporary disposal site on NC 58 near Peletier Loop Road, however, the property owner must complete the form in the following link and have the contractor present the form when disposing of debris  –  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/Data/Sites/1/media/pdfs/vegetative-storm-debris-self-haul-form.pdf .  Please note that there is no disposal fee at the County’s temporary disposal site, so your personal contractor should not be charging you a fee for disposal.
For street edge collection by the Town’s contractor, 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,
  • do not dispose of household hazardous waste at the street edge, and
  • please note that it is illegal to burn debris within the Town.

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 soon be used by others in our community for their intended purpose.

The Town’s contractors are working hard to collect all Florence debris – it’s just A LOT of debris to collect!  No streets have been forgotten, nor will be forgotten, and the Town’s contractors will get to your street.  Thank you for your patience!

Town’s Debris Contractors Working to Remove Beach Debris

The Town’s debris contractors initially planned to remove consolidated piles of debris from the beach strand at the base of the dunes at the beginning of October, but were delayed due to mechanical issues.  These issues are nearly resolved, and the contractors expect to begin collection of consolidated piles in the next few days.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Rescheduled for October 27The Coastal Environmental Partnership has rescheduled the household hazardous waste and electronics collection day for Carteret County for Saturday, October 27 from 8 am to 1 pm.  The drop-off site is the Carteret County Health Department, located at 3820 Bridges Streetin Morehead City.

Emerald Isle residents can dispose of the following items:  latex and oil paints, used motor oil, farm pesticides, gasoline, drain openers, paint thinners, cooking oil, antifreeze, batteries, lawn and garden fertilizer, and pesticides.

Items not accepted include:  commercial waste, gas cylinders, explosives, ammunition, or infectious, biological, or radioactive waste.

Please visit the following link for more information:  http://www.cepnc.org/hazardous-waste.html .

FEMA Individual Assistance Available to Qualifying Residents and Businesses

Permanent residents of Emerald Isle may qualify for direct assistance with temporary housing needs, repairs, and debris removal expenses, and may also qualify for low-interest loans to assist with Florence impacts.  Second home owners and businesses in Emerald Isle may qualify for low-interest loans to assist with Florence impacts.  To learn more and to see if you qualify for assistance, please contact FEMA at 1-800-621-3362 or visit https://www.disasterassistance.gov/ .

Town Staff Working Hard to Get EI Back to Normal
Town staff continue to work hard to clean up and complete necessary repairs after Florence. In addition to the other significant items included in this update, some of the key efforts include the following:
  • Town staff have replaced a critical section of storm water pipe in the Cape Emerald subdivision.  This pipe drains the entire Coast Guard Road ocean side between Pebble Beach and Ocean Oaks.
  • Town staff have made great progress on the NC 58 corridor, and are very close to restoring this area to park-like status.  The Town takes great pride in the appearance of our beautiful community!
  • Town staff are currently working to secure contractors to complete tree removal and clean-up activities in Emerald Isle Woods Park, McLean-Spell Park, and other Town parks.
  • Town staff continue to collect all damaged appliances from the street edge throughout the Town.
Town Seeking Beach Nourishment Bids
The Town, in conjunction with Carteret County and the Town of Indian Beach, will be releasing a bid solicitation later this week for the nourishment of approximately 3 miles of ocean beach in eastern Emerald Isle. This project covers the same area previously planned for nourishment this winter (between the Indian Beach town limits and the 3000 block; before Florence impacted Emerald Isle), but the scope now includes the replacement of the approximately 617,000 cubic yards of sand lost during Hurricane Florence.

Bids will be received just prior to Thanksgiving, and if the bid prices are reasonable, the Town will award a contract and likely begin construction around the beginning of 2019.  The Town will be seeking reimbursement from FEMA for these expenses.

The Town, in conjunction with Carteret County and the Town of Pine Knoll Shores, will also be working toward a larger beach nourishment project to replace additional Florence sand losses during the winter of 2019-2020.  Due to permitting issues, contractor availability, FEMA issues, and project logistics, the earliest that the Town can proceed with beach nourishment in central and western Emerald Isle is the winter of 2019-2020.

In total, the Town is seeking approximately $40 million from FEMA and the NC Division of Emergency Management to replace approximately 2.2 million cubic yards of sand lost during Hurricane Florence.  The Town expects a decision from FEMA on this reimbursement in the coming months.

Beach Driving Permitted from 7 am – 7 pm Only

Due to the presence of many consolidated debris piles along the dune escarpment, the presence of numerous “gullies” on the beach strand, and the narrow width of the beach strand in certain areas at high tide, the Town is allowing beach driving during daylight hours only until further notice.  Beach driving is currently permitted from 7 am – 7 pm only.  A decision to revert back to the normal 5 am – 9 pm hours will be considered after all debris is removed from the beach strand.

Comprehensive Summary of Hurricane Florence Impacts, Status of Recovery Efforts Available Online

A summary report outlining the Town’s response to Hurricane Florence, the known impacts to Town facilities and infrastructure, recovery efforts, and ideas for consideration in planning for future storm events was presented to the Board of Commissioners at the October 9 meeting.  A copy of this report is available for public viewing at  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/Memo-10-09-2018-Item-14 .

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.

Final Hurricane Florence Update – C&D Debris Collections Ending

FINAL HURRICANE FLORENCE UPDATE – C&D DEBRIS COLLECTIONS ENDING
Update #34 – Wednesday, November 14 – 10 am
FINAL Hurricane Florence Update
This is the final special update on the Town’s Hurricane Florence recovery efforts.  Please refer to normal Town of Emerald Isle digital communications platforms for periodic updates on various Town services, initiatives, and projects.
Construction and Demolition (C&D) Debris Collections Ending –  
Town Will No Longer Collect C&D Debris at Street Edge
The Town’s contractor is collecting the last remaining piles of C&D debris from photo-documented locations that met the Town’s October 29 deadline, and we expect the contractor to complete all C&D debris collections any day now.
The Town will no longer collect C&D debris from the street edge, and debris collection and disposal is the practical and financial responsibility of the property owner and/or your insurance company.

If you still have construction & demolition debris on your property, there are two options available: 1) Emerald Isle property owners may transport their own debris to a temporary disposal site at Western Park off Old NC 58 in Cedar Point, and there is no fee for disposal, or  2) your personal contractor may transport your debris to the County transfer station off Hibbs Road in Newport (disposal fees apply).

If there are small, remnant pieces of C&D debris at the street edge after collection, please simply rake up any loose debris and deposit it in your trash container for normal trash collection.
The Town is pleased to be ending the debris collection process, and appreciates our property owners’ patience over the past several weeks.
Public Works Department Resumes Normal Vegetative Debris Collection Efforts
Town staff normally collect vegetative debris throughout the Town all year long, and the Town’s two trucks are resuming normal operations.  Town trucks will continue to collect vegetative debris placed at the street edge by our property owners.
The Town’s normal service goal is to complete a full pass of the entire Town each week.  Please note that, due to higher volumes associated with Hurricane Florence vegetative debris, it may take our staff a little longer and they may not achieve our weekly collection goal.  Your patience is appreciated as we work through the expected higher volume of vegetative debris in the coming weeks.
Beach Strand C&D Debris Collection Continues
Unfortunately, the Town’s contractor has experienced numerous mechanical issues with its beach collection equipment, but is finally making progress.  All previously consolidated piles of construction & demolition debris between the Indian Beach town limits and Bogue Inlet Pier have been removed, along with the area along Wyndtree Drive and Inlet Drive near The Point.  The contractor continues to collect consolidated piles of C&D debris between Bogue Inlet Pier and Wyndtree Drive, and we are hopeful this work will be complete by the end of November.
Town Seeking Contractors for Tree Clean-up in Emerald Isle Woods Park and McLean-Spell Park; Contract Awarded for Blue Heron Park
Emerald Isle Woods Park remains closed due to significant tree damage in the park, and Town staff continue to solicit bids for this work.  McLean-Spell Park is open, but also has significant tree damage and should only be used at your own risk.  Town staff also continue to solicit bids for this work.
The Town has executed a contract for tree clean-up in Blue Heron Park, and we look forward to reopening this park very soon.
For more information, or to solicit a bid, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 252-354-6350 or asanderson@emeraldisle-nc.org .
Beach Nourishment Bids Due November 20
The Town’s engineers, in conjunction with Carteret County and the Town of Indian Beach, are currently soliciting construction bids for the nourishment of approximately 3 miles of ocean beach in eastern Emerald Isle.  Construction bids are due on Tuesday, November 20, and the Town is hopeful that 3 bids will be received.  If fewer than 3 bids are received, NC law will require the Town to re-advertise for an additional period of time, after which any bids may be opened and considered.  Assuming a reasonable bid, the Board may award a construction contract in December, with work beginning sometime in early 2019.
This project covers the same area previously planned for nourishment this winter (between the Indian Beach town limits and the 3000 block; before Florence impacted Emerald Isle), but the scope now includes the replacement of the approximately 617,000 cubic yards of sand lost during Hurricane Florence.  A new ~ 25 ft. wide dune will be constructed in this area, and the flat beach berm will be widened by an additional 40 – 60 feet.  Dune vegetation will also be planted as part of this project.
If the Town does not receive reasonable bids in November, it is likely that this project will be delayed until winter 2019-2020 and combined with a larger project that would also include central and western Emerald Isle.
In total, the Town is seeking approximately $56.7 million from FEMA and the NC Division of Emergency Management to replace approximately 2.2 million cubic yards of sand lost from the Town’s 12 miles of ocean beach during Hurricane Florence.
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.

Hurricane Recovery FAQ: Guests and Homeowners

Hurricane Recovery FAQ: Guests and Homeowners

Bluewater Staff and the Town are working hard to recover our island and answer any questions you may have regarding Hurricane Recovery.

To our Guests and Homeowners: Please see below the list of Frequently Asked Questions following Hurricane Florence.

1. When will your offices be open?

Our offices are now open at this time, 8:30am to 5pm daily

2. When will the curfew be lifted?

There is no curfew at this time

3. How can I file a claim with Travel Insurance?

If you purchased Travel Insurance for your stay – you may contact RedSky about your travel insurance claim at (866) 889-7409 or visit https://trippreserver.com/sun-trip-preserver/

4. Why will no one answer the phone?

Our phone lines are extremely busy during this time. Our staff is working very hard to answer all calls and return messages. Thanks for your patience!

5. When will we be updated about our vacation?

Bluewater will continue to communicate with you via email and the website to keep you updated.

6. Why does the link to my rental property say “not rentable”?

If the status of your rental property says “not rentable” – it could be due to damages, flooding, or power outages preventing access to the property.

7. Are there restaurants and groceries stores open?

The main grocery stores, Publix and Food Lion are open and fully stocked. There are limited restaurants open at this time and only serving limited menus. Please be aware some businesses are only accepting cash at this time due to power and internet outages.

8. Are gas stations open and gas readily available?

The majority of gas stations are open with gas readily available. Please be aware that some gas stations suffered damages on the island and are are closed until further notice.

9. How are the beach accesses?

You are able to reach the beach; however, there has been erosion from the ocean during Hurricane Florence. Please note that some public and private walkways to the beach have suffered damage. Be cautious while using beach accesses.

10. If the property rented does not have beach access, does this make it non-rentable and can I be moved or refunded?

If the dwelling itself is safe and uninhabitable, but the beach access is not available, this does not warrant the property as being uninhabitable. No refund or move is provided. Guests will be asked to sign a waiver that they agree not to use that access and will use the a nearby public access.

11. If I don’t have travel insurance and the property cannot be rented, do I get a refund?

If the property is deemed uninhabitable, Bluewater will need to process a full refund and block the property from rentals until repairs are completed and the property is cleared as safe and habitable. We will be working with the individual property owners to coordinate these refunds.

12. What documentation will be needed to file with Red Sky Insurance?

An email was sent out to guest with travel insurance with information on material needed for filing a claim based on your period of stays.

13. Are roads in North Carolina closed?

For roads closures and updates please visit https://tims.ncdot.gov/tims/#

Hurricane Florence Information Update #20

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.

Hurricane Florence Information Update #21

Hurricane Florence Update #21: Monday, September 17, 2018 2:oopm

STEADY PROGRESS ON RECOVERY EFFORTS     
Update #16 – Monday, Sept 17 – 2 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 continues to work hard to address storm-related 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 hopeful that the bridge will reopen to the general public within the next couple days.
Power Slowly Coming Back On in Various Areas
Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative is initially focused on restoring power on main transmission lines on NC 58 and Coast Guard Road, and some areas along these lines are slowly having power restored.
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.  Power has also been restored along approximately 1 mile of Coast Guard Road, and to some neighborhoods located off of Coast Guard Road between Deer Horn Dunes and Dolphin Ridge.
Upon restoration of the main transmission lines, it is possible that portions of nearby neighborhoods will also come on at the same time, however, other electric system failures in nearby neighborhoods may still need to be addressed before power is fully restored in that neighborhood.  Power crews will begin branching out into these other areas to address these issues after the main transmission lines are restored.
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.
Town’s Current Top Priority is To Clear Storm Water That Limits Vehicle Access West of Dolphin Ridge on Coast Guard Road
Due to significant storm water flooding, 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).  Residents are permitted to park vehicles and walk to these areas along the beach.
After delivery delays due to inland flooding concerns, the Town has just taken delivery of several large portable storm water pumps.  These pumps will be deployed to this area, which is currently the Town’s highest priority storm water issue.  We are hopeful that water levels can be lowered such that this area becomes accessible for more vehicles as soon as possible.
This section of Coast Guard Road is currently barely passable for high-clearance pickup trucks, and Town staff are traveling through this area to attempt to address various storm water issues 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.
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.
Town Continues Efforts to Address Storm Water Flooding Issues
Town staff continue to operate and reposition (as problems are resolved) 6 portable pumps in flooded locations along Ocean Drive in eastern Emerald Isle.  As these problems are resolved, these pumps will be shifted to other problem areas from east to west.
With power being restored in some areas of Coast Guard Road, the Town’s fixed storm water pumps in Deer Horn Dunes and Sea Dunes are now running off of normal power.  The Osprey Ridge and Island Circle pumps are running off of generator power, and Spinnakers Reach pumps will be running off generator power this afternoon.  Lands End diesel pumps are functional, and the Town will soon connect a generator to activate the electric pumps in Lands End.
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.
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.
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 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 (which prevented delivery of the Town’s rental storm water pumps.)
 
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!

Drone Video of Florence Damage
Town volunteers are deploying drones over Emerald Isle again today to capture video of Florence damage to share with our property owners.  We expect the initial videos to be available later today, and these will be linked to the Town’s website at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/ .
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.

 

Hurricane Florence Information Update #22

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.

 

Hurricane Florence Information Update #15

Hurricane Florence Update #15: Friday, September 14, 2018 7:30pm

TOWN ALREADY HARD AT WORK ON RECOVERY EFFORTS   
Update #11 – Friday, Sept 14 – 7 pm
 
Florence Lingers
Hurricane Florence continued to impact Emerald Isle all day long, bringing more tropical storm force winds and additional rainfall, some of which was very heavy at times.  Wind gusts in the 30-40 mph range persisted all afternoon, and the Town’s total recorded rainfall at the Town Government Complex is now up to nearly 14 inches, with locally higher amounts in some areas of Emerald Isle.  Wind and rain impacts should subside by sometime Saturday morning.
Town Staff Working Hard to Expedite Recovery as Much as Possible
Despite the continuing storm conditions, Town staff were out all day long in the wind and rain to begin essential tasks that must be completed before residents, property owners, and the general public can return to Emerald Isle.  We want to do whatever we need to do to get people back in Emerald Isle quickly and safely, but public safety is the top factor in these decisions.
Efforts today include, among other tasks:
  • Crack-of-dawn initial assessments by Town officials to gain a better understanding of the damage received, the recovery task at hand, and communicate such information to the public.
  • All day efforts to remove numerous downed trees from Town streets, in part so power restoration crews can access areas where repairs are necessary.  At the most basic level, the Town simply can not reopen the island until the streets are completely passable for motorists and emergency vehicles, and can not reopen the island if downed power lines remain across Town streets and present life-threatening hazards.  Additionally, the Town is working to support Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative crews in any way helpful to expedite the restoration of power in Emerald Isle. The entire town remains without power as of 7 pm Friday.
  • Although the storm’s impacts are not finalized (as additional winds and rainfall continue to impact the Town), Town staff made significant progress on the comprehensive damage assessment that is necessary to better understand the public safety risks that must be considered in any decision to reopen the island, and promote an efficient and cost-effective recovery process.
  • Continuous police patrol throughout the Town to ensure that properties are protected from potential thieves seeking to take advantage of this natural disaster.  The EIPD has additional officers on staff during the Town-wide curfew to provide the best possible patrol coverage, and is working to hard to protect your property.
  • Coordination with the Town’s pre-positioned debris and rental equipment contractors to expedite the collection and removal of storm debris, and to address significant storm water flooding issues.
Town staff have been in place at the Town Government Complex around the clock since Wednesday morning, and many will remain at the Town Government Complex tonight and through the weekend to promote the earliest possible return for our residents and property owners.
Emerald Isle Bridge Will Remain Closed on Saturday, and Likely Beyond
Despite Town staff’s best efforts today, it is not yet safe for property owners or the general public to return to Emerald Isle.  The Emerald Isle bridge WILL NOT OPEN on Saturday, and will remain closed until further notice.  No one is allowed to enter Emerald Isle until further notice, and the Town remains under a 24-hour, Town-wide curfew.  The curfew will remain in effect until it is safe for the public to travel around Emerald Isle.  It is illegal for anyone to leave their own property while the curfew is in effect.
The curfew will be lifted and the bridge will be reopened only when Town officials have determined that it is safe for residents, property owners, and the general public.  The Town’s criteria for lifting the curfew and reopening the island are as follows:
  • remove all downed trees and limbs from Town streets to enable power crews to repair damaged poles and electric lines,
  • eliminate / remove all hazardous power lines (and other overhead utility lines) on the ground or hanging in such a way that present a safety hazard to the public,
  • ensure that the public water supply is available to serve the public,
  • secure all abandoned LP gas tanks, and
  • ideally, realize at least some minimal restoration of power to even a small portion of the Town (the entire Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative system, with more than 40,000 customers, remains offline at this time).
The Town simply can not reopen the island for anyone until all of the tasks listed above are complete, and the magnitude of Florence and the damage left in its wake simply require time – for Town staff, for power restoration crews, and for other utility crews. The Town will take a day-to-day approach, and will review the progress toward meeting these criteria each day before announcing a specific re-opening date and time.  It is also likely that the Town will initially allow residents and property owners who possess a Town re-entry permit to return to Emerald Isle earlier than the general public.
All of us at the Town understand everyone’s concerns about their property and your desire to return to Emerald Isle as soon as possible, and all of us are working as hard as we possibly can to allow you to do that safely.  We thank you for your patience and your understanding as we work to ensure your safety and the safety of others.  Nice Matters!
Information about the bridge and the curfew will be disseminated on the Town’s various digital platforms listed below as soon as these decisions are made.
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.

NOAA Hurricane Florence 5pm Update


Hurricane Florence Information Update #16

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/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 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.
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.

 

NOAA Hurricane Florence 8pm Update


Hurricane Florence Information Update #17

Hurricane Florence Update #17: Sunday, September 16, 2018 10:00am

IMPORTANT INFORMATION – RE-ENTRY PERMIT HOLDERS MAY RETURN BEGINNING AT 1 PM SUNDAY   
Update #14 – Sunday, Sept 16 – 9 am
 
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 Sunday night.  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 amTuesday, and so on.
Initial Power Restoration Occurring, Hopefully More Later Today

As of 8 am, power has been restored along NC 58 in limited areas between Coast Guard Road and the “downtown” area.  Carteret-Craven Electric crews and their disaster assistance partners will be working hard throughout Emerald Isle today to restore power as quickly as possible to as many people as possible.

Fortunately, power has been restored to a critical water plant facility near the intersection of Coast Guard Road and NC 58, which will help Bogue Banks Water maintain an adequate water supply in Emerald Isle.  
 
Although Carteret-Craven Electric is making progress, 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 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 will be permitted to park vehicles and walk to these areas along the beach, provided there is a safe route and there is ample beach width to walk upon (unfortunately, high tide is at 1:45 pm today, and that may make walking on the beach more difficult).
Water Levels Finally Dropping in Bogue Sound, Archers Creek

We are finally beginning to see some drop in water levels in Bogue Sound and Archers Creek, and this should result in receding water from low-lying areas on the soundside.

Lee Avenue is passable at Archers Creek, and other flooded soundside streets have receded. Reed Drive is flooded by storm water in the general area between East Seaview Drive and Loon Drive (Pacific store), in part because the drainage system for this area could not drain to Archers Creek when the tides were high.  This area appears to be draining better now, and we are hopeful that remaining storm water will soon dissipate.
Please exercise caution driving through any flooded streets.
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
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.
Town Has Identified Only One Accessible Route, Most Eastern NC Access Routes Remain Inaccessible – BE SAFE
Individuals returning to Emerald Isle are advised that there is currently, as of 8 am, only one route to Emerald Isle that is believed to be accessible from central North Carolina.  From the Raleigh area, the following route should be passable:
  • US 264 east to Greenville, then
  • NC 43 to Vanceboro, then
  • US 17 to New Bern (avoid downtown New Bern business route, take new western bypass), then
  • US 70 to NC 24, then
  • NC 24 to NC 58 at the Emerald Isle bridge.
Please be advised that road conditions may change quickly, and this route is only believed to be accessible as of 8 am Sunday.  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 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.
Pictures of Florence Damage
Many have requested that the Town post pictures of Florence’s damage, and the Town has tried to provide representative pictures for public consumption.  Please understand that the Town’s first priority is to protect public safety, provide adequate Police protection, and focus on the significant task of getting Emerald Isle back to normal, and it’s simply not possible for the Town to provide pictures of specifically requested areas.
The Town has been attempting to send a drone up to take pictures for posting on the internet, however, Florence has continued to impact Emerald Isle (and it is STILL raining and windy) ever since Thursday morning.  We will continue to attempt to send a drone up when conditions permit, and post pictures soon thereafter.
Update #12 Not Provided to Email Subscribers
Due to a glitch, the Town’s Update #12 (on Saturday, September 15 at 3 pm) was not delivered to subscribers of the Town’s email newsletter.  This update was, however, posted on the Town’s website, Facebook, Twitter, EI APP, and text message alert system.  We apologize for this issue.
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.

 

NOAA Hurricane Florence 5am Update


Hurricane Florence Information Update #18 – Owner Email

Hurricane Florence Update #18: Sunday, September 16, 2018 4:oopm

MESSAGE FROM BLUEWATER:

Bluewater offices will remain closed until further notice. The island is currently impassable, has flooding and no power. We will keep you updated as the conditions continue to change.

Please be patient with our staff as we try to assess all Bluewater properties. If you have a permit to cross the bridge, please do so and assess the condition of your property.

Due to evacuation orders for Carteret and surrounding counties a majority of our staff members are not able to report to work due to road conditions and flooding.

We will continue to keep you updated through email and on our website.

https://www.bluewaternc.com/2018/09/hurricane-florence-information/

Thank you all for your patience and understanding!

Stay Safe!