Brunswick County water system customers may see changes in your tap water, such as a cloudy or milky appearance.

Cloudy water is almost always caused by air in the water. One of the many properties of water is its ability to dissolve gases – including air. Sometimes the air comes back out of the water in the form of many tiny bubbles; this gives the water a milky-white appearance. The bubbles are harmless and not a health concern. It may take several minutes for the air to escape but as it does, the water will clear. Water in the Brunswick County distribution system is under pressure, oxygen in the water is entrained until the pressure is released at the tap. We are currently adjusting pump settings to alleviate this issue.

While it can have an unpleasant appearance, dissolved oxygen in the water is not harmful. This is a natural phenomenon and is completely normal; the water is safe to use.


Mickey Thompson

Brunswick County Public Utilities

Water Distribution Superintendent

The City of Southport has applied for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) Program funding through the North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM) as a sub- recipient.

Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), federal actions must be reviewed and evaluated for feasible alternatives and for social, economic, historic, environmental, legal, and safety considerations. Under Executive Order (EO) 11988 and EO 11990, FEMA is required to consider alternatives, and to provide a public notice of any proposed actions in or affecting floodplains or wetlands. EO 12898 also requires FEMA to provide the opportunity for public participation in the planning process and to consider potential impacts to minority and low-income populations. This notice may also fulfill requirements under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).

Funding for the proposed project will be conditional upon compliance with all applicable federal, tribal, state, and local laws, regulations, floodplain standards, permit requirements and conditions.

Sub-Applicant: City of Southport

Project Title: Town-wide storm drain repairs

Location of Proposed Work:

Facility and Address

Latitude Longitude
319 Herring Drive culvert 33.926341 -78.016030
Willis Drive & Moore Street culvert 33.922585 -78.011535
Willis Drive & Nash Street service road 33.923250 -78.012581
N. Atlantic Avenue culverts Start: 33.924330

End: 33.927752

Start: -78.019730

End: -78.020598

South Caswell Avenue culverts Start: 33.917640

End: -78.021763

Start: 33.916763

End: -78.021564

West Bay Street & South Caswell Avenue culvert outflow 33.916377 -78.021540

Special Flood Hazard Area Zone:

This project is for repairs to the City of Southport’s Storm Drain System which is located in an Unshaded X, AE, and VE Zone. Confirmation of location in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) was determined by the latest Flood Insurance Rate Map, Panel Number: 3720209600K, dated 08/28/2018. The proposed work conforms to all applicable State of North Carolina and local floodplain regulations.  There is a

potential for the facility to be impacted by similar flooding events due to its location within an AE and  VE Zone.  As such, measures have been identified to protec these facilities against future flooding events, as well as minimize the short-term and long-term impacts on the floodplain.  Portions of the proposed work will take place in an Estuarine and Marine Wetland classification per the United States Fish and Wildlife Service National Wetlands Inventory.  The actions will have little potential to impact or affect wetland values.

Proposed Work and Purpose:

The City of Southport will utilize contracts for the repairs to the storm drainage system to restore facilities back to pre-disaster function within the existing footprint.  Repairs will consist of street repairs and drainage pipe replacements. Applicant is upgrading damaged Vitrified Clay Pipes (VCP) to Polyvinyl Chloride Pipes (PVC) and High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) pipes and replacing a damaged discharge box with a 24-inch flare section to upgrade for Codes and Standards.  These improvements allow for system durability during similar events in the future.

Project Alternatives:

Alternative #1 (No action):  The ‘no action’ alternative would ultimately result in a negative impact on the City of Southport. The storm drainage system functions as a crucially important hazard mitigation resource for the city as it transports storm waters away from the public right-of-way.

Alternative #2: (Relocation) Relocation of the system is not a practicable alternative as it is functionally dependent on remaining within the floodplain to transport storm surge away from improved property.  The outfall pipe is functionally dependent on remaining within the VE Zone as the system utilizes gravity to perform its function and the current location of the outfall allows for storm surge to drain into the Cape Fear River instead of back into the floodplain, protecting improved property and promoting public safety.

Comment Period:

Comments are solicited from the public; local, state or federal agencies, and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of the proposed project. The comments should be made in writing an addressed to:

FEMA Internal 11988 Reviewer FEMA Region 4

3003 Chamblee-tucker Road

Atlanta, Georgia 30341

Alternatively, comments may be emailed to:  FEMA-R4EHP@fema.dhs.gov.  Please send comments with the subject line [DR-4393-NC-01823 11988 COMMENT].

All comments are due by no later than 30 days of the posted date of this notice.

POSTED ON:  October 21, 2019

End of Notice

Final Public Notice

The Southport Fire Department is now accepting applications to participate in the Light Up The Night Fire Engine Parade on Friday, December 13th.
Line up starts at the Southport Fire Station at 5 p.m.
Parade begins at 6:30 p.m.
Parade route: Waterfront Park, down Howe St., back to the Southport Fire Station.

Parade Application

As a result of damage from Hurricane Florence, the City had to remove a large limb that was damaged and hanging by a thread. It was the limb that hung over the porch of City Hall. The City consulted with an Arborist to come in and assess the tree as well as the one next to it due to their age/condition and their location in proximity to the St. Philips Chapel and the Old City Hall/Courthouse. Due to the hazardous condition of the trees, the history of issues with the trees, the level of risk to pedestrians,  and the location of the trees and historical value of the buildings, the arborist is recommending that both trees be removed. Due to all of these issues and the recommendation by an ISA Certified Arborist, the City will be removing the trees Friday 10/18. The Forestry Committee is working with City Staff to price out options for replanting a large 200 gallon tree in the immediate area to make up for the canopy that will be lost.

The public will take notice that the City of Southport Zoning Board of Adjustment will
meet on Tuesday, October 22, at 4:30 at the Indian Trail Meeting Hall, located at 113
W. Moore Street for the purpose of holding an evidentiary quasi-judicial hearing on:

CUP 19-0822-01
Conditional Use Permit Application, Accessory Dwelling

An Application for a CUP Home Occupation at 312 W. West St. The conditional use
permit is for the applicant to build a proposed accessory dwelling over a proposed
garage on the property.

If there are any questions on this matter, please contact the City Planner Thomas Lloyd
at 910-457-7961 or tlloyd@cityofsouthport.com

The City of Southport does not discriminate on the basis of disability If you need an
auxiliary aid or service or other accommodation in order to attend or fully participate at
this meeting, please contact the Clerk’s office as far in advance of the meeting as is
possible so that your request can be considered.

Thomas Lloyd
City Planner