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Rebulding Sand Dunes, Rebuild Sand Dunes, Help Rebuild the Dunes

Help Rebuild the Dunes with your Christmas Tree

If you’ve been looking for a way to help rebuild the dunes after Hurricane Florence, we’ve got an easy and simple way you can help.

Still Battling Back from Hurricane Florence

There’s no hiding the fact that the last quarter of 2018 was a whirlwind for thousands of people along the Crystal Coast of North Carolina. If we all learned a lesson since Hurricane Florence, it’s how truly incredible of a community we live in. Neighbors pitched in to clean their communities, volunteers stocked and distributed household goods for those in need, and town governments got right to work hauling away debris. It’s safe to say that we’re coming into 2019 with a much stronger and resilient sense of community than ever before.

Beach Dunes Never Breached

With all that being said, the beach is still the major factor in driving tourism traffic to our Coast. Even with the significant storm surge and winds, there were no reported breaching of the dunes. They did their job and stood tall to protect our properties, homes, and local businesses. It’s clear now more than ever that it’s time to rebuild these sand dunes back up to the point they were in prior to the storm. Believe it or not, but donating your Christmas tree is an excellent opportunity for you to help restore our shoreline. When left on the beach, Christmas Trees take almost an entire year to decay. Winds coming off the Ocean transport blow sand up the beach, which can become caught in the branches of the trees. Hopefully, by the time the Trees are decomposed, they will be buried in migrated sand, thus expanding and strengthening our dune area.

What You Can Do To Help Rebuild The Dunes

Atlantic Beach Residents –

The AB Public Works Department will be picking up Christmas Trees for Dune Restoration from now until Monday, January 14th. Simply place your Christmas Trees out on your curb and they will come by to pick them up and use them to re-nourish the dunes.

Emerald Isle Residents –

Oceanfront homeowners and residents are permitted to place trees along their dunes to promote sand accretion and are welcome to do the same with any collected from their neighbors. The town asks that you please be careful to not impede on Public Access Points and vehicular accesses on the beach strand.

Other Residents –

The Bogue Banks Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation will be collecting trees at the Eastern Ocean Regional Beach Access (2701 Emerald Drive) up until Friday, January 11th. The group will distribute the trees along the dunes areas most affected by the Hurricane. If you’re unable to bring your tree to the location- send them a message on Facebook and they may be able to come out and pick it up for you.

We Appreciate You Doing Your Part to Help Rebuild the Dunes

Thank you for your help in restoring our shoreline. There are bids out for dredging and re-nourishing the entire beach within the next two years, so with your assistance, we should continue to enjoy a wide and beautiful beach strand for many years to come.

Property Damage Relief Workshop Recap

Hurricane Florence Property Damage Relief- Recap

We just want to give a Huge THANK YOU to all of the vendors we had speak at our Property Damage Relief Workshop on Saturday, February 23rd. We appreciate all of your support, and are grateful for the opportunity to organize such an impactful event for our community. To all of the attendees who took time out of their schedules to learn with us- We wish you all the best of luck, and encourage you to reach out to us, or any of the speakers for more advice as you continue to recover. For those that couldn’t make it, see the list of those local resources below and reach out if you are ever in need of their services.

Lynn Anderson & Linda Rice – Stearns Lending
Jonathan Hughes – East Coast Restoration
Ron Hicks – Public Adjuster
Mike Hancock, Insurance agent, Farm Bureau in Beaufort
Maven Construction
Infinity Roofing and Siding
Terry Jones – Cedar Point Flooring & Bayside Chem Dri
Hope 4NC

We are considering facilitating more events like this in the near future. If you are interested in speaking, or attending- Please reach out and let us know. We will keep you posted on the day/time of any further events.

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Help Keep NC Homeowners Insurance Rates Down

NC Homeowners Alliance

The NC Homeowners Alliance works to protect the interests of property owners in the NC General Assembly, while increasing awareness of issues and potential legislation that directly affect consumers’ most important and often most valuable investment: their home.

The Alliance supports common-sense measures that are geared to improving the everyday lives of all North Carolinians. In order to increase the state economy and defend the rights of its citizens, the General Assembly should support legislation that will protect the rights of the millions on NC property owners and encourage more home-ownership, while keep home and property insurance rates fair and affordable.

If you’d like to help take part in our grassroots efforts to protect the rights of property owners, join the Alliance here. You won’t get spammed, as the Alliance is committed to sending information strictly deemed relevant and interesting. We’ll keep you up to date on legislation that will affect your bottom line, such as new rules for insurance rates, your mortgage interest deduction, and local development initiatives. They’ll also let you know about opportunities for to meet with legislators, advocate on their behalf, and make your voice heard in regards to your home and its insurance costs.

Action Needed!

With help from the NC Homeowners Alliance last year, we were able to convince Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey to block an unreasonable homeowners insurance rate hike. The increase would’ve brought the proposed average to over 18%. The Comission heard the outcry and responded to only a 4% increase for most homeowners. We need your help to do it again!

The latest proposal from insurance companies would increase rates by an average of 17.4 percent, but for some consumers the increase could exceed 30 PERCENT!

Please let your voice be heard and tell Commissioner Causey to SAY NO to the insurance companies’ request. You can easily send an email to Commissioner Causey by following this link. You’ll just need to input your information, and a pre-drafted E-mail will send in just a few seconds. If you’d prefer to craft your own message, you can send it over via E-mail to commissioner@ncdoi.gov or drop a letter in the mail to:

NC Department of Insurance

Commissioner’s Office

1201Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC 27699-1201

If you need a quote for Home, Auto or Boat Insurance- our dedicated team is here to provide that for you. You and your family deserve undivided attention with all questions thoroughly answered, and that’s the level of service that Bluewater Insurance strives provide. Learn more by visiting their site, or click the button below to get a free quote.

Local ans National Organizations Providing Hurricane Florence Relief

We’ve compiled a list of helpful federal, state, and local resources that are here to help anyone still in need of assistance to their property due to Hurricane Florence. Although this list is compiled for those who are struggling to find help during this difficult time- please remember that all of these organizations are in need of assistance and donations all the time- not just during a crisis. If you were fortunate to not have any damage, please consider giving to these programs in any way possible to help your neighbors bounce back from this catastrophic event.

Non-Profit & Government Organizations

NC Baptist Men & Women

Although all big feeding kitchens have closed, this organization is still distributing cleaning supplies, non-perishable items/canned food, diapers, baby formula, etc.. The disbursement of of these items is handled out of their warehouse in Red Springs. The disaster was so big in some areas that they are setting up three different rebuild center sites where volunteers can be housed and fed. Home rebuilding hubs will plan to be in effect for 2-3 years and thousands of volunteers will be called upon to help get as many people back into their homes as possible. To apply for rebuilding assistance from the NC Baptists on a Mission Program, please visit this link and apply today. https://baptistsonmission.org/Mission-Projects/By-Mission-Type/Disaster-Relief/Hurricane-Florence/Homeowner-Assistance

Federal Emergency Management Association

The deadline to apply for FEMA grants is quickly approaching. The organization is also providing temporary housing for those who qualify. To date, the Federal Program as allocated over $743 Million on the Ground in North Carolina to assist over 21,000 families. You can Find Assistance, and Apply Online easily online. If you haven’t already provided your information, or spoken to a representative- please call the FEMA Hlepline at (800) 621-3362 or visit https://www.disasterassistance.gov/

U.S Small Business Administration

The SBA provides a number of different typed disaster loans to those affected from National Disasters. You can apply online for these services by emailing at disastercustomerservice@sba.gov or visitng https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Information/ApplyOnline to contact the Customer Service Center by phone, call 1-800-462-7585. Keep in mind that you will have to repay these loans at some point, but they can be a great way to get your home or business back up and running if it’s suffered any damage. These loans are available to anyone, including non-business owners.

Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina

If you were displaced or forced to relocate from Hurricane damages, you may still be able to receive assistance purchasing food for you and your family. Food Bank CENC has coordinated with Partner Agencies across the state, stocking up on food, water and other household supplies. To gather more information on the availability of these programs in your area, visit their website at http://blog.foodbankcenc.org/wordpress/find-help-hurricane-florence/

Free Legal Aid Assistance

A toll-free hotline providing pro-bono legal advice is now available for victims of dectruction from Hurricane Florence. The service is a partnership between the NC Bar Association Young Lawyers Division & FEMA, with additional support provided by the NC Bar Foundation. Anyone in need of assistance can call 1-833-242-3549 and ask for Disaster Legal Services and identify as someone with Hurricane Related property damage within your specific county. The hotline is available weekday between the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM.

NC Department of Public Safety

The NC STEP (Sheltering & Temporary Essential Power) Program provides basic and partial repairs to help homeowners with minor Hurricane damage get back into a safe, clean and secure home as quickly as possible. The STEP Program won’t be making complete repairs on your home, but will aim to allow you and your family to return to living in your home so that you all can return to work, school, and other community events. Here is an easy link to sign-up for assistance from the NC STEP program- https://plexosoft.ncstepflorence.com/#/login

 

Local Vendors, Contractors, etc..

Below, we’ve provided our list of qualified local vendors for roofing and Mitigation crews. We hope that this information is beneficial to you, please feel free to share it with your friends and neighbors that also may have suffered from property damage due to hurricane Florence. If there’s anything we can do to be of assistance throughout the recovery process, please let us know.

Bluewater Post-Hurricane Vendor List

 

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/#

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 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 Aftermath

Life is starting to return back to normal after Hurricane Florence brought Category 2 winds to the Crystal Coast. The footprint of Florence left properties with significant siding and roof damage, washed out walkways and many places without power for several days. Although the damage was much less than anticipated, the cleanup and repairs will take months in the hardest-hit areas. Our Bluewater staff appreciates your patience and understanding  as we continuously work to restore our beautiful Coast!

Atlantic Beach

The end of Oceana Pier was destroyed, and wind blew in a wall of Crows Nest Marina. The large U.S flag at the town entrance remained intact. The beach sustained significant erosion.

Fastest wind speed: 112 mph

Highest rainfall: 22.16 inches

Emerald Isle

A couple sections of Bogue Inlet Pier were washed away, and flooding damaged some homes along the coast. Town Officials teamed up with the N.C. Forestry Service and spent a week pumping out water from flooded areas. Business buildings and homes experienced light to moderate damage.

Fastest wind speed: 81 mph

Highest rainfall: 23.49 inches

Local Events Cancelled/Postponed due to Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence hit us hard and the clean-up efforts are well under way along the Crystal Coast and surrounding areas. Unfortunately, there are some area happenings that didn’t have enough time to prepare for the general public to participate. Some events were also rescheduled- which are noted below.

The Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival – Cancelled

It’s with deep regret that we have to report the EIBMF, which would’ve celebrated it’s 3rd year since it’s revival has been cancelled. There is a great deal of cleanup and recovery that needs to take place here on the island before an influx of over 10,000 beach music lovers. We look forward to seeing everyone next year for arguably the best party on the Crystal Coast.

NC Seafood Festival – Postponed

The largest annual festival in North Carolina always brings sights, smells, and sounds to downtown Morehead City. This year will hopefully still be the case- but just a few weeks later in the year. The NC Seafood Festival Board of Directors, comprised of some great local business leaders is working hard to try and get the festivities rescheduled for the first weekend in November. Stay tuned to the official event website for more information on the rescheduling. https://www.ncseafoodfestival.org/

Swansboro Mullet Festival – Postponed

Similar to the NC Seafood Festival, Swansboro officials have decided to postpone the activities until the second weekend in November. With merchants and residents downtown still cleaning up debris and repairing the damages- festival planners determined it was too soon to gather such a large group in such a small area. In an effort to take some good with some bad, the town will host a Mullet Boro Benefit at the Swansboro Rotary Civic Center on Saturday, October 12th from 12-8 PM. Many of the original bands scheduled to play will be in attendance, including the likes of The Tams, and Jim Quick & The Coastline Band. Food Trucks will be available on-site for hungry attendees to purchase a bite, and donations will be raised accepted to benefit local families still suffering from losses due to Florence.

Crystal Coast Con – Cancelled

The 8th Annual Crystal Coast Con, a thrilling Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Gaming experience has unfortunately been cancelled as well. The host of the annual event- Mac Daddy’s Family Entertainment Center is undergoing major renovations as a result of Hurricane Florence. With an action-packed lineup of celebrity guests, dealers and authors, it was impossible to reschedule for a later date. Keep an eye on their website for the 2019 date to be announced later this year! http://www.crystalcoastcon.com/

Fort Macon State Park – Exhibit Rooms Currently Closed

The State Parks System is working hard to open up the Historical Battleground at the East end of Atlantic Beach. Determined to be the most popular State Park in North Carolina last year, Fort Macon will hopefully have their educational centers back up and running better than ever by the end of the year.

Hammocks Beach State Park – Closed Until Further Notice

One of the Crystal Coast’s most hidden gems- Hammock’s Beach State Park will be partially closed while efforts are made to restore the island back to it’s natural landscape. Unfortunately there will be no Ferry Service for the rest of the year, and the kayak launch at the Park is also closed. Camping sites may be back open near the end of October, but campers will have to find their own mode of transportation to the island. Plans to re-open the visitors center and mainland area by October 1st are underway.

Emerald Isle Woods Park – Closed Until Further Notice

Due to significant flooding and down trees, the town of Emerald Isle has decided to temporarily close the park down Coast Guard Road. With more pressing efforts topping the list, the town expects to be able to get into the wooded area within the next few weeks to clear debris and make all necessary repairs. Emerald Isle Woods hosts more than 2 miles of walking trails, a 9 hole Frisbee Golf Course, a Bathhouse/Picnic Area and a soundside kayak launch. Stay tuned to the Town of Emerald Isle’s website and Social Media pages for more info on when the park will be up and running.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all people, businesses, and events still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

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.