The City of Southport

Hurricane Florence

The City of Southport is making plans to keep its citizens as safe as possible.  Please heed their advice and use the precautions that are recommended.  The Southport Fire Department will be the Emergency Operations Center(910-457-7915) for the hurricane.  Please use this link for the most up to date information.  https://www.facebook.com/SouthportFD/

City of Southport Hurricane Florence Information

9/19/18

*****PLEASE REMEMBER TO BOIL WATER*****

*MANDATORY EVACUATION OF SOUTHPORT HAS EXPIRED

*Southport/Ft Fisher Ferry operating on a one boat schedule RESTRICTED ACCESS only. From SP 9:15,10:45,12:15,1:45,3:15,4:45,6:15 From FF 10:00,11:30,1:00,2:30,4:00,5:30

**PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT**

AFTER STORM CLEAN UP

• Place All Food Matter In Trash Can or in Heavy Trash Bags

• No Household Hazardous Waste

Three (3) Piles – Placed at edge of your property – NOT ON ROADWAY

1. Vegetative Yard Debris

2. Construction Debris (carpet, furniture, etc.)

3. White Goods (refrigerator, freezer, etc.)EMPTY & REMOVE DOORS

Do Not Block Utility Poles, Fire Hydrants, Water Meters, Cable Boxes,Driveways, Drains

DO NOT TAKE DEBRIS TO TAYLOR FIELD

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Starting at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Brunswick County residents can pick up free needed supplies delivered by Operation Airdrop to Cape Fear Regional Jetport. All county residents are welcome to bring grocery bags and receive free supplies including, but not limited to, diapers, water, baby formula, cereal, peanut butter, canned milk, flashlights, paper products and sanitation supplies. Fifteen planes are scheduled to come with deliveries throughout the day.

*SOUTHPORT BAPTIST CHURCH (200 N. HOWE ST.) WILL PROVIDE THE COMMUNITY A FREE MEAL TODAY .

9/18/18

Brunswick County Emergency Information: http://www.brunswickcountync.gov/

NCDOT Road Closures: https://www.ncdot.gov/travel-maps/traffic-travel/severe-weather/Pages/hurricane-florence.aspx

Brunswick County Road Closures: http://www.brunswickcountync.gov/road-closures/

FEMA Disaster Declaration: https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2018/09/15/president-donald-j-trump-approves-major-disaster-declaration-north-carolina

FEMA Individual Assistance: http://www.disasterassistance.gov/ to begin applying or call 1-800-621-3362.

FEMA Claim General Information: https://www.fema.gov/nfip-file-your-claim

Duke Energy Outage Map: https://www.duke-energy.com/outages/current-outages

Brunswick Electric Outage Map: https://bemc.maps.sienatech.com/

*SOUTHPORT BAPTIST CHURCH (200 N. HOWE ST.) WILL PROVIDE THE COMMUNITY A FREE MEAL TODAY .

****OPEN BUSINESSES****

-LOWE’S HOME IMPROVEMENT(5084 SOUTHPORT-SUPPLY RD) TILL 7PM

-FOOD LION(4891 LONG BEACH RD)

-BP (5043 SOUTHPORT-SUPPLY RD)

-LOWES FOOD (2829 MIDWAY RD) TILL 4PM

-SOUTHPORT ABC STORE(714 N HOWE ST) TILL 4PM

-DOC MERIDIAN WINERY(305 N. HOWE ST)

-SLAINTE IRISH PUB (1513 N. HOWE ST) TILL 7PM

-E-Z WAY GROCERY (921 N. HOWE ST)

-MURPHY EXPRESS (1670 N HOWE ST)

9/17/18

SOUTHPORT BAPTIST CHURCH (200 N. HOWE ST.) WILL PROVIDE THE COMMUNITY A FREE MEAL TODAY .

****OPEN BUSINESSES****

-LOWE’S HOME IMPROVEMENT(5084 SOUTHPORT-SUPPLY RD) TILL 5PM

-FOOD LION(4891 LONG BEACH RD)

-BP (5043 SOUTHPORT-SUPPLY RD)

-LOWES FOOD (2829 MIDWAY RD) TILL 4PM

-DOC MERIDIAN WINERY(305 N. HOWE ST)

-SLAINTE IRISH PUB (1513 N. HOWE ST) TILL 7PM

SOUTHPORT HAS LIFTED ITS MANDATORY CURFEW.A CHARGING STATION FOR MOBILE DEVICES WILL BE SET UP AT CITY HALL (1029 N. HOWE STREET) ALONG WITH PUBLIC WIFI.PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE ROADS ARE STILL HAZARDOUS.

*****PLEASE REMEMBER TO BOIL WATER*****

The City of Southport is currently suffering from the effects of Hurricane Florence. The City remains under curfew until further notice.

The entire City is without power and most of its citizens are without water. Most or all access to the City has been cut off by flooded and/or failed roadways. We are getting reports from citizens that they are starting to run low on food, medicine, and other supplies.

We have made requests to the State through Brunswick County for assistance.

Once the curfew is lifted we will set up a charging station at City Hall for people to charge their mobile devices. There will also be public WiFi available.

***ROADS INTO SOUTHPORT ARE BLOCKED****

****MANDATORY CURFEW WILL BE IN EFFECT AS OF 7:00 P.M., SEPTEMBER 13, 2018****

PROCLAMATION STATE OF EMERGENCY

CITY OF SOUTHPORT

WHEREAS, the City of Southport Board of Aldermen adopted a State of Emergency Ordinance pursuant to the provisions ofN.C.G.S. 14-288.12 to determine and proclaim the existence of a State of Emergency and to impose certain prohibitions and restrictions appropriate to meet the emergency.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT PROCLAIMED BY MAYOR J. V. DOVE CITY OF SOUTHPORT THAT IN ORDER TO PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY:

A State ofEmergency will take effect at 2:15p.m. within the City of Southport due to potential severe weather conditions on this Monday, September 10, 2018.

That pursuant to this declared state of emergency, the following shall apply:

  1. Mandatory Evacuation of All Visitors and Tourists, September 10, 2018
  2. Voluntary Evacuation of Southport Residents, September 10, 2018
  3. Mandatory Evacuation of Southport Residents beginning Wednesday September  12, 2018, 8:00a.m.

J.V. Dove

Mayor

Brunswick County Updates

9/18/18

You may already be aware, but Brunswick County is among the counties declared for Disaster Unemployment Assistance from the NC Division of Employment Security. You can view that agency’s release with more information at https://des.nc.gov/DocumentViewer?Filename=PRGeneral/NR_Florence_EightCounties_Sept17_M.pdf.

Individuals may contact DES by calling 1-866-795-8877 from 8AM to 5PM to apply for DUA benefits. If you have additional questions, you may email DES at des.dua@nccommerce.com or go to their website at des.nc.gov.

9/17/18

Burning Ban Issued for Brunswick County, Waste Industries Will Not Pick Up Tuesday

Bolivia, NC – A burning ban has been issued for all unincorporated areas of Brunswick County in the wake of Hurricane Florence.

All burning within 100 feet of a structure is banned. At this time, Brunswick County has limited fire-fighting resources and water, as many roads remain closed and responders remain focused on life safety missions.

Unincorporated means not within city or town limits.

The ban will remain in place until further notice.Waste Industries will not be running residential collection routes on Tuesday, Sept. 18. Conditions are still being evaluated for later in the week

Citizens Should Be Wary of Scammers in Wake of Hurricane Florence

Bolivia, NC – Citizens should be aware that following large storms and weather events, scammers sometimes target residents in the affected areas.

Brunswick County is not endorsing contractors or vendors, and Brunswick County Public Utilities has not authorized any vendors to make repairs to utility lines on their behalf.

If citizens encounter someone making such a claim or suspect a scammer in Brunswick County, they can report it to 911, 910-253-2777, or 910-253-5383.

Water repairs, service restoration in southeastern part of Brunswick County could take several days       

Bolivia, NC – Damage to several water mains serving the southeastern part of Brunswick County is more extensive than originally thought, and it will likely take several days before repairs can be completed and water service fully restored to the southeastern part of Brunswick County.

Water resources will be provided to those affected. As soon as exact locations and times are confirmed, they will be announced at www.brunswickcountync.gov, social media, to the news media, and sent through email subscription and CodeRED emergency notification. To sign up for CodeRED go to https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/7BC24EDE14D3, and to sign up for email notifications go to http://eepurl.com/ZT6tb.

A system pressure advisory was initially issued on Sept. 16 for water consumers of Brunswick County Public Utilities located along George II Highway, all of Boiling Spring Lakes, all of St. James, all of the Southport area, all of the Caswell Beach area, Oak Island, and all of the Long Beach Road, due to multiple water main breaks caused by Hurricane Florence and the subsequent flooding. As staff began working to repair the breaks, they discovered the full extent of the damage and the repairs needed.

9/16/18

FEMA has declared that federal disaster assistance is available to NC, and individual assistance is available to citizens in Brunswick and several other counties.

Brunswick County individuals can contact FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362) or go to http://www.disasterassistance.gov/ to begin applying. 

You can view the release from FEMA at https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2018/09/15/president-donald-j-trump-approves-major-disaster-declaration-north-carolina or below.

President Donald J. Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for North Carolina

Release date: 

September 15, 2018

Release Number: 

HQ-18-127

WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of North Carolina to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Florence beginning on September 7, 2018, and continuing.

The President’s action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Beaufort, Brunswick, Carteret, Craven, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, and Pender counties. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Federal funding is also available to the state, tribal and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by Hurricane Florence in Beaufort, Brunswick, Carteret, Craven, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, and Pender Counties for debris removal and emergency protective measures (Categories A and B), including direct federal assistance, under the Public Assistance program counties.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures for all counties and Indian Tribes throughout the state.

Albert Lewis has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. Lewis said additional designations may be made at a later date if warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated area can begin applying for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362.  Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY PUBLIC UTILITIES

OPERATIONS CENTER

(910) 253-2657

PWS ID NO. NC-04-10045

System Pressure Advisory!

The water consumers of Brunswick County Public Utilities located along George II Highway, all of Boiling Spring Lakes, all of St. James, all of the Southport area, all of the Caswell Beach area and all of the Long Beach Road area are experiencing low pressure starting the morning of September 16, 2018. The low pressure was caused by mainline breaks in the system caused by Hurricane Florence and the subsequent flooding. Periods of low or no pressure in the distribution system increases the potential for back siphonage and introduction of bacteria into the water system.

Therefore, Brunswick County Public Utilities and the Division of Water Resources advises that consumers boil all water used for human consumption (including drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation) or use bottled water.

Vigorous boiling for one (1) minute should kill any disease-causing organisms that may be present in the water.

This advisory remains in effect until further written notification is issued.

This advisory issued on September 16, 2018, by:

John Nichols

Brunswick County Public Utilities

910-253-2657

09/11/2018

A mandatory evacuation has been issued for all areas of unincorporated Brunswick County. Shelters are opening in Brunswick County at 2 p.m.

Brunswick County is now under a Hurricane Watch as well as a State of Emergency. This means that hurricane conditions, including very high winds, heavy rain and storm surge, are expected within 48 hours. Life threatening rain, wind, storm surge and flooding are likely, and rain could extend for days, leading to a prolonged and exceptionally heavy rainfall event.

Due to the storm, emergency medical responders will likely not be able to respond to medical emergencies for those who do not leave the County or seek shelter. Once wind speeds reached a sustained speed of 40-45 mph, it will not be safe for fire trucks and ambulances to be on the road. Depending on storm conditions, the inability to respond could extend for days.

Residents seeking to evacuate who do not have transportation should call 910-253-5383.

Pet Friendly Shelters will be opening Tuesday at 2 p.m. at:

  • West Brunswick High School (550 Whiteville Rd., Shallotte) – pet friendly
  • North Brunswick High School (114 Scorpion Drive, Leland) – pet friendly
  • South Brunswick High School (100 Cougar Road, Boiling Spring Lakes) – pet friendly

Residents evacuating to a shelter should bring identification, any needed medications, any needed items like glasses or diapers, clothing for 3-7 days, pillows, toiletries, chargers for cell phones, and books, games or cards. Residents should bring sheets or bedding, and cots and air mattresses if available. Alcohol, illegal substances, and weapons are not permitted.

Dogs and cats are accepted at all Brunswick County shelters. Owners must stay at the shelter as well, and should bring documentation of rabies vaccines, food, any medicines, and any other items necessary for your pets.

Those evacuating can find evacuation routes and shelter locations at readync.org or in the free Ready NC app (downloadable at https://readync.org/EN/DOWNLOADAPP.html).

Those who have concerns about transportation or other concerns with evacuating should call 910-253-5383.

9/10/2018

Brunswick County has issued a mandatory evacuation for residents in unincorporated areas who live in low-lying and flood-prone areas or substandard or mobile homes, beginning at daylight (7 a.m.) Tuesday. This includes but is not limited to Waccamaw, NC 904/Pireway Road, areas on Town Creek, residents along NC 133, Daw’s Creek area, and any other flood-prone areas.

Brunswick County has issued a voluntary evacuation for all other residents in unincorporated areas of Brunswick County. Residents who live in an incorporated area should monitor information from their town or city for information.

Brunswick County has also declared a State of Emergency, effective at noon Monday, Sept. 10. County offices will be closed as of 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11.

Shelters will be opening outside of Brunswick County in inland counties (shelter information will be available online at https://readync.org). Residents are strongly advised to seek shelter outside of Brunswick County, evacuating to Johnston or Cumberland Counties, due to forecasts for wind and storm surge.

“I highly encourage people to move out of the County,” said Emergency Management Director Brian Watts, adding that the County is likely to see high levels of storm surge and flooding as well as wind speeds. “The best thing to do is to get out the County.”

Residents seeking to evacuate out of Brunswick County who do not have transportation should contact the Citizen Phone Bank at 910-253-5383.

In the event residents are unable to leave the county, one shelter will be opening Tuesday at 2 p.m. at:

  • West Brunswick High School (550 Whiteville Rd., Shallotte)

Two additional shelters will be opening Wednesday at 8 a.m. at:

  • North Brunswick High School (114 Scorpion Drive, Leland)
  • South Brunswick High School (100 Cougar Road, Boiling Spring Lakes)

Residents evacuating to a shelter should bring identification, any needed medications, any needed items like glasses or diapers, clothing for 3-7 days, pillows, toiletries, chargers for cell phones, and books, games or cards. Residents should bring sheets or bedding, and cots and air mattresses if available. Alcohol, illegal substances, and weapons are not permitted.

Those evacuating can find evacuation routes and shelter locations at readync.org or in the free Ready NC app (downloadable at https://readync.org/EN/DOWNLOADAPP.html).

Dogs and cats are accepted at the West Brunswick High School shelter. Owners must stay at the shelter as well, and should bring documentation of rabies vaccines, food, any medicines, and any other items necessary for your pets.

Brunswick County is likely to see significant rainfall from Hurricane Florence. All residents should be prepared for significant rainfall and the potential for ponding, flooding, and flash floods. Residents should remember not to attempt to drive through roads that have standing or running water over them.