The City of Southport

Hurricane Updates

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/

Updated Hurricane Information for the City of Southport

10/11/2018

Southport is following Brunswick County in rescinding the State of Emergency effective 6:00 p.m., Thursday, October 11.

10/10/18 – Hurricane Michael

10/3/18 – Hurricane Florence

10/2/18

Brunswick County Emergency Response Aerial Mosquito Spraying Schedule         

Bolivia, NC – Aerial spraying for mosquitoes in Brunswick County is set to begin Tuesday, Oct. 2, and continue through Thursday, Oct. 4, weather-permitting.

County-wide aerial spraying, part of Brunswick County’s emergency response to the flooding and heavy rainfall caused by Hurricane Florence, is planned to continue during the week. Citizens in the areas being sprayed should avoid being outside during evening hours if possible. Spraying will be from just before dusk till approximately 10:30 p.m., and planned routes are specified on the map.

Crews are scheduled to begin Oct. 2. Exact routes are subject to change depending on conditions. The spraying will continue during the week, and all towns or cities and all islands are included in the aerial spraying.

Ground-based operations will begin follow-up ground spraying after evaluation.

Heavy rains and flooding can lead to large populations of mosquitoes. Some mosquitoes carry viruses that may cause illnesses such as La Crosse encephalitis, West Nile virus and eastern equine encephalitis.

Brunswick County began spraying for mosquitoes with trucks on Sept. 24, while also submitting a request for an emergency aerial response for mosquito control. That aerial spraying is set to begin today (Oct. 2), conditions permitting.

Spraying will reduce mosquito populations but will not eliminate them entirely. Citizens can also take precautions to prevent mosquito bites, including wearing light-colored, long-sleeved shirts and long pants, avoid being outside at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, and apply mosquito repellant. If using repellant with DEET, make sure to follow label instructions, and keep DEET out of the eyes, mouth and nose.

9/28/18

NCDOT Southport – Fort Fisher Ferry is back on regular schedule.  For more info call 910-477-5200.

9/27/18

Brush Bandit will resume normal yard debris pickup on Wednesday, October 3.   Brush Bandit will pick up debris placed in the yard waste container and in bags.

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

9/26/18

**System Pressure Advisory Rescinded**

Based on the laboratory analysis of water samples collected on September 25, 2018, water consumers of Brunswick County Public Utilities located along George II Highway, all of Boiling Spring Lakes, Jericho Road to the end of Bethel Road, including Winding Creek and Walden Creek subdivisions (off River Road north of Smithville Township Park) the Southport area (along River Road to South of Smithville Township Park) through Jabbertown Road, Southport-Supply Road (south of Dosher Cut-off) Dosher Cut-Off,  and E. Leonard Street through E. Moore Street are hereby notified that it is no longer necessary to boil water or use bottled water for human consumption.  This part of the system has resumed normal operations.

 Areas still under the System Pressure Advisory are: Southport-Supply Road (north of Dosher Cut-off) to St. James Dr., River Mist, all of the Long Beach Road area, all of Caswell Beach and St. James Plantation. Brunswick County Water Quality crews are currently sampling in those areas.

This notice is issued and effective September 26, 2018.

We appreciate your cooperation and patience during this period. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

John Nichols

Brunswick County Public Utilities
910-253-2657
9/25/18

A system pressure advisory issued for portions of southeastern Brunswick County, including Boiling Spring Lakes, Southport, St. James, Caswell Beach, the Long Beach Road area and the George II Highway area, remains in place until written notification otherwise.

9/20/18

The City of Southport, North Carolina remains under a state of emergency. The residents of Southport still need supplies. The Southport City Gym located at 211 North Atlantic will begin accepting and distributing supplies to local residents as of Saturday, September 22 from 9 am – 3 pm. The items residents need are as follows:

Non-Perishable Food

Toiletries

Adult diapers and baby diapers

Baby formula

NEW underwear and socks

First Aid supplies

Water pumps

Cleaning supplies

Bed pillows and blankets

Please call the Southport Emergency Operations Center with any questions at 910-457-7915

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 10:00,11:30,1:00,2:30,4:00,5:30,7:00

*Southport City Gym (211 N Atlantic) is closed for  Hurricane Relief Efforts

PLEASE REMEMBER TO BOIL WATER

System Pressure Advisory!

The water consumers of the City of Southport, in Brunswick County are experiencing periods of low pressure and outages in the distribution system due to Hurricane Florence. Periods of low or no pressure in the distribution system increase the potential for back-siphonage and introduction of bacteria into the water system.

Therefore, when water service is restored consumers are advised to 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.

Water customers are strongly urged to conserve water whenever possible. This advisory remains in effect until further written notification is issued.

This advisory issued on 9/19/18 by:

Paul Woodall,City of Southport,910.457.7900

9/19/18

*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)

For more open businesses, please check with the Southport-Oak Island Chamber of Commerce

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 of Emergency 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

10/10/18

Brunswick County has issued a voluntary evacuation for residents in unincorporated areas who live in low-lying or flood-prone areas or storm-damaged homes, effective at 8 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, ahead of Hurricane Michael.

A pet-friendly shelter will open at West Brunswick High School (550 Whiteville Road, Shallotte) Thursday, Oct. 11 at 8 a.m. Unincorporated areas are areas not in a town or municipality.

Brunswick County has also declared a State of Emergency, effective 8 a.m. Thursday.

The shelter location is marked along with road hazards on Brunswick County’s Road Condition map, viewable at http://www.brunswickcountync.gov/road-closures/. Citizens can view instructions for viewing this information on the Google Maps navigational app on their phone on that page as well.

Residents evacuating to a shelter should bring identification, any needed medications, any needed items like glasses or diapers, clothing for several 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 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.

Residents who need assistance with evacuating should call the Emergency Operations Center at 910-253-5383.

Residents or businesses who suffered roof damage from Hurricane Florence need to secure tarps for tropical storm-force winds and heavy rainfall. Citizens should seek to secure or bring inside any items that could become a projectile with the forecast winds. The ground is already saturated in many areas, and it will not take as much wind to topple weakened trees, which have the potential to cause additional power outages. Citizens should review their disaster supply kits and water supplies, and restock anything that is low following Hurricane Florence.

Current weather forecasts predict that Hurricane Michael, which is forecast to make landfall on the Gulf Coast of Florida, will bring 2-4 inches of rain, tropical storm-force winds and an increased risk for tornadoes. While Hurricane Michael is forecast to move through Brunswick County significantly quicker than Hurricane Florence did, the ground in some areas remains saturated, and some buildings damaged and some trees weakened from Hurricane Florence have not been fully repaired or cleared. Those who do not feel safe in their current home can seek shelter at West Brunswick High School.

10/03/18

The State of Emergency declaration in Brunswick County has been lifted as of 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, as authorized by Board of Commissioners Chairman Frank Williams.

Brunswick County had declared a State of Emergency effective at noon Sept. 10 due to Hurricane Florence.

As recovery from Hurricane Florence continues, Brunswick County continues to post updates regarding assistance programs and distribution sites, debris collection, mosquito control and other storm recovery topics to www.brunswickcountync.gov.

10/01/18

Brunswick County Aerial Mosquito Spraying   

Aerial spraying for mosquitoes in Brunswick County is set to begin Monday, Oct. 1, weather-permitting and if shipments arrive as scheduled.

County-wide aerial spraying, part of Brunswick County’s emergency response to the flooding and heavy rainfall caused by Hurricane Florence, is planned to continue during the week. Citizens in the areas being sprayed should avoid being outside during evening hours if possible. Spraying will be from just before dusk till approximately 10:30 p.m., and planned routes are specified on the map (click here to view the PDF).

Crews are scheduled to begin Oct. 1 with spraying the islands of Brunswick County (including Sunset Beach, Ocean Isle Beach, Holden Beach, Oak Island, Caswell Beach, and Bald Head Island), as well as areas in the western end of the County, including Calabash, Carolina Shores, Waccamaw, areas off Pireway Road, areas off Whiteville Road, and some areas along the northern part of Green Swamp Road. If weather or supply shipments delay spraying, it will begin Tuesday, Oct. 2. Exact routes are subject to change depending on conditions. The spraying will continue during the week, and all towns or cities and all islands are included in the aerial spraying.

Ground-based operations will begin follow-up ground spraying as soon as areas are identified.

Heavy rains and flooding can lead to large populations of mosquitoes. Some mosquitoes carry viruses that may cause illnesses such as La Crosse encephalitis, West Nile virus and eastern equine encephalitis.

Brunswick County began spraying for mosquitoes with trucks on Sept. 24, while also submitting a request for an emergency aerial response for mosquito control. That aerial spraying is set to begin today (Oct. 1), conditions permitting.

Spraying will reduce mosquito populations but will not eliminate them entirely. Citizens can also take precautions to prevent mosquito bites, including wearing light-colored, long-sleeved shirts and long pants, avoid being outside at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, and apply mosquito repellant. If using repellant with DEET, make sure to follow label instructions, and keep DEET out of the eyes, mouth and nose.

9/28/18

Water Quality FAQ

Has hog waste, chicken waste or turkey waste from holding ponds on farms/CAFOs gotten into the river and into our drinking water? What about contamination from dead animals in flood zones?

The livestock flooding has been and continues to be a regular occurrence even without the extreme flooding. Brunswick County’s Northwest Water Treatment Plant monitors the raw water hourly for several constituents to keep track of water quality changes. One basic test is TOC or total organic carbon. As the TOC increases in the river due to contaminants (like livestock waste), Brunswick County increases our chemical feeds to match. We may also start adding powdered activated carbon to adsorb contaminants and settle them out. Another chemical in our arsenal is chlorine dioxide, a strong oxidant and disinfectant that we feed in multiple places through the treatment process to stop and destroy bacteria and viruses like pathogenic coliforms, cryptosporidium and giardia.
Brunswick County Public Utilities assumes these contaminants are already there, due to the delay that would result in sending samples to a laboratory and waiting for results, and treats the water in anticipation of having those contaminants present. This typically means the water is over-treated the majority of the time. In post-hurricane flood waters, we have systems in place to ensure that the water is bacterially inactivated and safe to drink, whether it is municipal waste water flowing down the river or livestock waste.

Has wastewater/sewage gotten into the drinking water due to flooding or failures of wastewater treatment plants?

Brunswick County Public Utilities assumes these contaminants are already there, due to the delay that would result in sending samples to a laboratory and waiting for results, and treats the water in anticipation of having those contaminants present. This typically means the water is over-treated the majority of the time. In post-hurricane flood waters, we have systems in place to ensure that the water is bacterially inactivated and safe to drink, whether it is municipal waste water flowing down the river or livestock waste.

Has coal ash gotten into the river, and into our drinking water? Have any of the Duke Energy coal ash retention ponds breached?

The coal ash retention pond mentioned in media reports recently is downriver of where Brunswick County gets its raw drinking water, and thus is not a factor in our water treatment process.
There is only one other coal ash impoundment in our river basin, at the Cape Fear Steam Plant in Moncure, NC. At the moment, there has not been a reported breach at that facility. Water levels have dropped significantly in that portion of our river basin, and officials suspect that the threat of a breach there has been reduced as the flood waters have been retreating at that location.

9/27/18

Brunswick County Aerial Mosquito Spraying      

Bolivia, NC – Aerial spraying for mosquitoes in Brunswick County will begin Monday, Oct. 1, weather-permitting, to assist with mosquito populations following Hurricane Florence and the storm-related flooding.

The spraying will be County-wide, including all towns or cities and all islands. The planes will fly at approximately the same time of day that the trucks spray (during the evening hours). Additional information about the aerial spraying, including a spraying schedule, will be shared as soon as it is available.

Heavy rains and flooding can lead to large populations of mosquitoes. Some mosquitoes carry viruses that may cause illnesses such as La Crosse encephalitis, West Nile virus and eastern equine encephalitis.

Brunswick County began spraying for mosquitoes with trucks on Sept. 24, while also submitting a request for an emergency aerial response for mosquito control. That aerial spraying is set to begin Monday.

Citizens can also take precautions to prevent mosquito bites, including wearing light-colored, long-sleeved shirts and long pants, avoid being outside at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, and apply mosquito repellant. If using repellant with DEET, make sure to follow label instructions, and keep DEET out of the eyes, mouth and nose.

Brunswick County Mosquito Control will reach out to all registered bee-keepers. Any bee-keepers who are not registered and have questions should call Cooperative Extension at 910-253-2610 for information.

9/26/18

PUBLIC UTILITIES – UPDATES & SYSTEM PRESSURE ADVISORIES

Brunswick County Public Utilities has restored water service to all areas of the distribution system.

A system pressure advisory was issued for portions of southeastern Brunswick County, including Boiling Spring Lakes, the Southport area, St. James, Caswell Beach, the Long Beach Road area and the George II Highway area. It has been rescinded for some areas but remains in place for some customers until written notification otherwise.

  • Rescinded for: customers along George II Highway, all of Boiling Spring Lakes, Jericho Road to the end of Bethel Road, including Winding Creek and Walden Creek subdivisions (off River Road north of Smithville Township Park) the Southport area (along River Road to South of Smithville Township Park) through Jabbertown Road, Southport-Supply Road (south of Dosher Cut-off) Dosher Cut-Off,  and E. Leonard Street through E. Moore Street
  • Still under the advisory: Southport-Supply Road (north of Dosher Cut-off) to St. James Dr., River Mist, all of the Long Beach Road area, all of Caswell Beach and St. James Plantation.
  • View the notice rescinding the advisory for some customers here
  • View the original advisory here
  • View all updates here

A system pressure advisory issued for Jericho Road to the end of Bethel Road, including Winding Creek and Walden Creek subdivisions (off River Road north of Smithville Township Park), has been rescinded.

Customers who find they have no water service should first check to make sure their shut-off valves are on and that they have no damage to their plumbing. If after checking those things customers still have no water, they should contact Brunswick County Public Utilities:

  • Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.: 910-253-2860 or 910-253-2657
  • After hours: 910-371-3490 or 910-45400512

Customers experiencing a grinder pump malfunction should call 910-253-2657.

9/21/18

Brunswick County Offices Re-Opening Monday; Some Offices Relocating

Bolivia, NC – Brunswick County government offices will re-open Monday, Sept. 24 at 8:30 a.m., though some offices will relocate due to damage from Hurricane Florence.
Tax administration will relocate in coming dates to 101 Stone Chimney Road in Supply. The License Plate Agency and Tax Collections will locate in the Utility Billing office in Building I on the government complex in Bolivia.
County Building Inspections, located in Building I on the county complex, will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. County Building Inspections will open a satellite office at the Leland Town Hall beginning Monday morning.
Parks and libraries will open on a regular schedule Monday.
*Brunswick Family Assistance has secured several points of distribution for  9/21 – 9/26.    We will be at the sites from 11am-4pm (or while supplies last). Distribution locations will be as follows:

Friday 9/21/18Southport Credit Union 5190 Eason Street Southport, NC 28461 (Behind Bojangles) Bell Custom Homes 1120 East Cutlar Crossing Suite 204 Leland, NC 28451Saturday 9/22/18Brunswick Family Assistance4600-10 Main Street, Twin Creek Plaza, Shallotte, NC 28470

Monday 9/24/18 Soldier Bay Church Pastor Jason Benton 3905 Whiteville Road NW Ash, NC 28420 Bolivia Baptist Church

Pastor Chris Driggs   4013 US 17 Business  (17 E. Bolivia, NC 28422)

Tuesday 9/25/18

  1. Town Creek Baptist Church

Debra Henson   832 Green Hill Rd. NE Leland, NC  (Town Creek Area

  1. Sharon United Methodist Church

2030 Holden Beach Rd. SW Supply, NC 28462

Wednesday

9/26/18Beulah Baptist Church

Pastor Doug Adams  670 Hickman Rd. NW Calabash, NC 28467 (Little River Area)

Anyone in need of emergency supplies should come to the distribution sites within this time frame. Any questions should be directed to the Brunswick Family Assistance Shallotte office. (910) 754-4766

9/20/18

Brunswick County Post-Florence Utility Update

In the last week, Brunswick County experienced multiple water main breaks due to Hurricane Florence and the subsequent flooding from the storm. Crews have worked around the clock to make repairs and to acquire the needed parts.

There have been multiple utility outages in the barrier island communities, Boiling Springs Lakes, Southport, St. James, Caswell Beach, and Oak Island and many main breaks, several on large diameter 24-inch water mains. Repairing these mains and restoring service to customers and critical facilities such as the Brunswick Nuclear Plant and the hospital is, and has been, Brunswick County’s primary focus since lack of water presents the greatest health and safety concern. Water service to Brunswick Nuclear Plant, Dosher Hospital, and the majority of customers in several towns has been restored by the diligent work of Brunswick County utilities staff in repairing several major 24-inch transmission water mains and many additional, smaller water mains.

We know that our customers want reassurance that their water is safe and would like a recision of the low pressure advisories. However, during this period of repair, the system is subject to pressure losses that could require low pressure advisories to be re-issued in areas shortly after recision. Brunswick County is also routing water through other systems, and it would be confusing to rescind an advisory for water in one location when that water flows through another community’s water system where the advisories have not been lifted.

There are numerous water main repair locations that will require engineering work, materials acquisition, and construction agreements with contractors. Brunswick County Public Utilities has agreements in place for emergency engineering work and is actively engaged in this effort. Brunswick County is also lining up contractors to perform work and has a prioritization list. Since some of the most pressing repair projects have been completed, Brunswick County will begin to assess the viability of rescinding some low pressure advisories and will be performing required laboratory testing in a systematic approach to discontinue low pressure advisories where feasible.

It is important to note that at no time was it necessary for Brunswick County to send water to its customers that was not properly disinfected.  All system advisories are the result of low pressure from water main breaks that can have the potential to introduce contaminants into the system.

 *We will have tarps as well as food and water available for distribution today, Thursday, Sept. 20 from 11 am. To 5 p.m. at:

·       Spring Lake Park (210 Pine Road in Boiling Spring Lakes)

·       Northwest District Park (1937 Andrew Jackson HWY NE in Leland)

·       South Brunswick Middle School (100 Cougar Drive, Boiling Spring Lakes)

·       Town Creek Park (6420 Ocean Highway East in Winnabow)

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.