Hurricane Florence Recovery

  Blockade Runner reopens after fixing rooms, property damaged by Hurricane Florence

The Blockade Runner Beach Resort, which has welcomed guests to Wrightsville Beach for 55 years, reopened Friday after fixing much of the damage from Hurricane Florence.

  Failure to Protect: Decades of dike’s neglect leave residents with unanswered questions

Surf City, FEMA at odds on state of restoring beaches after hurricane

FEMA approves $9.5 million for New Hanover Co. hurricane debris removal

Trinity United Methodist Church hopes to make a comeback by Easter Weekend

A coalition of lawyers helps Florence survivors combat FEMA

New bridge built after Hurricane Florence opens in Bladen County

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  UNCW breaks ground on multi-million dollar student housing complex

Surf City working to rebuild beach areas hit hardest by hurricane

Pender County Courthouse employees ‘stressed out’ by less than ideal working conditions

Surf City sees post-hurricane resurgence in its future

Pender Co. Courthouse still in disrepair; conditions causing problems for employees, residents

Deadline for program that helps homeowners with Florence-related repairs extended

  Cape Fear Comeback: The Battleship’s visitors center planning new eco-friendly future

While hundreds of local businesses were damaged by hurricane Florence, Wilmington’s landmark, the battleship came out untouched by the storm. However, the visitor center tells another story.

Construction for new local homes to be completed by Florence anniversary

Groundbreaking for a new set of homes in Wilmington will take place this Sunday.

  Above All Roofing donates new roof to Wilmington couple in need

Dozens of local companies have been helping hurricane survivors get back on their feet. Above All Roofers donated their time by repairing a roof for Mortan Freeman and his wife Friday.

NC fishermen to receive $11M in Hurricane Florence relief

North Carolina commercial fishermen hit hard by Hurricane Florence will soon get relief as part of $11.6 million being distributed by the state’s Division of Marine Fisheries.

  Led Zeppelin tribute band No Quarter playing hurricane relief concert at Wilson Center

Family set to demo home after fire sparked by Hurricane Florence destroys it

Pender Co. couple thankful for home repairs through STEP program; deadline to apply nears

US Senators push to keep federal court in Wilmington open

Deadline for FEMA hazard mitigation grant program in Pender County is Thursday

Homelessness in the Cape Fear: 2019 Point-in-Time count

  Landfill’s lifespan ‘drastically reduced’ as Florence recovery, area growth squeeze resources

Months after Florence, high volumes of debris and other materials are causing long lines and space concerns at the New Hanover County landfill.

Pender Co. rebuilding permit fees waived until March

Storm damage permit fees will be waived until March 18 for Pender residents and contractors, meaning all complete applications received on or before that day will be processed at no cost.

Time running out for hurricane survivors to apply for hazard mitigation grants

Those who experienced damage from Hurricane Florence are eligible to apply for hazard mitigation grants funded by FEMA and facilitated through state emergency management.

Government shutdown forces Moores Creek National Battlefield to scale back anniversary event

The gates are open at Moores Creek National Battlefield after the park was closed for more than a month thanks to the government shutdown but park leaders said not everything is back to normal.

Months after storm, who will pay for debris removal in gated neighborhoods still up in the air

One of the requirements FEMA has an issue with is whether or not the removal was “in the public interest."

SBA closing disaster loan outreach center in Wilmington

The outreach center in the old Sears store location at Independence Mall on Oleander Drive will cease operations on Feb. 4.

  Man who helps countless hurricane survivors because of his “philosophy of generosity”

Greg Pampell has a reputation of giving up his time to help others. Especially since hurricane Florence devastated most of our area. Pampell says he helped about 10 people prepare their homes for the hurricane but that number quickly rose. Post hurricane, he’s mucked about 70 homes.

Recovery effort continues with Florence summit

A free summit to benefit residents recovering from Hurricane Florence will be held in Wilmington on Saturday.

Carolina Beach residents work to restore sand dunes

Surfrider foundation Cape Fear chapter teamed up with Carolina Beach residents to restore their sand dunes Saturday.

Community healing together with Florence recovery summit

Residents affected by Hurricane Florence will come together to discuss ways to strengthen recovery efforts, prepare for the future and share experiences as well as information at a free summit in Wilmington.

South Beach Grill nears reopening after being damaged during Hurricane Florence

The 22-year-old restaurant sustained more than $100,000 in damages.

Roofer fixing other homes while his home is condemned, damaged beyond repair by hurricane

Mike Powers reluctantly calls Wilmington home. It’s all he knows, but he longs for his family and the peace and quiet of his beloved Riegelwood in Columbus County.

Get information on grants to rebuild after Hurricane Florence

Homeowners, businesses and community organizations in need of information about the Hazard Mitigation Grant Programs can attend a drop-in information session at the Northeast Library in Wilmington on Monday, Jan. 28.

Beach town announces plan to attract tourists after Hurricane Florence

The Wrightsville Beach Marketing Advisory Committee held a meeting Wednesday in which the Hurricane Florence recovery marketing and public relations plan was discussed.

Police officer says contractor failed to complete hurricane work, stole tools after Florence

Burgaw police officer Calvin Newton Jr., who is also a part-time deputy sheriff in Pender County, has been displaced from his home since Sept. 14, 2018 - the day Hurricane Florence blew through.

Blockade Runner Beach Resort to partially reopen in February

The Blockade Runner Beach Resort, a Wrightsville Beach establishment for 55 years, will reopen next month after it was heavily damaged by Hurricane Florence last year.

New Hanover High School students raise money for center helping with hurricane relief

New Hanover’s Honors Service Learning students raised money by hosting a basketball tournament, and on Tuesday they presented a check for $1,500 to the Harrelson Center, which helps with hurricane relief.

East Boiling Spring Road opened Monday, but construction planned again in March

Well-traveled East Boiling Spring Road at Pine Lake reopened to regular traffic Monday afternoon.

Government shutdown affects family’s rebuilding efforts after hurricane

Monday marks Day 31 of the partial government shutdown, and missed paychecks don’t just mean pinching pennies to get food on the table. It is also affecting Hurricane Florence cleanup efforts.

Surf City hosting dune restoration day using recycled Christmas trees

Surf City will collect natural Christmas trees to help repair the sand dunes that were washed out by Hurricane Florence.

Surf City grapples with how to replace sand washed away by Florence

Leaders in Surf City are weighing options on how to replace the thousands of cubic yards of sand that was lost after Hurricane Florence swept through the area.

Four months after Florence, some areas just beginning to rebuild

According to Kyle Breuer with the county’s planning and development department, residents need to elevate or modify their homes in some way to fall under flood plain regulations. Then, he said, a building permit can be issued.

  Flood-damaged homes making their way into Wilmington’s real estate market

Flood-damaged homes coming to market is the latest trend in local real estate.

University of Missouri students lend Wilmington a helping hand in rebuilding efforts

In addition to rebuilding houses, the volunteers are helping those who don’t have a place to call home.

Crowd learns about home buyout program for houses ruined by hurricane floodwaters

More than 150 people packed the Pender County Commissioners chambers on Tuesday night for an acquisition buyout workshop. If approved, the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program can include money for a home’s elevation, acquisition buyout, or mitigation construction.

Pender County church helps hurricane victims with free clothing drive this weekend

Lighthouse Worship Center works to give people a sense of normalcy 4 months after Florence.

Replenish your hurricane-weary yard during NHC’s TreeFest

If the trees in your yard took a beating during Hurricane Florence, New Hanover County officials are looking to help.

Community members in Whiteville want solution to flooding problems

Four months after Hurricane Florence, some business owners are still rebuilding their shops. Some of those business owners showed up at a meeting Tuesday with state and local leaders telling them less talk and more action when it comes to flooding in Whiteville.

Health expert warns of mold-related illnesses after Hurricane Florence

As cold weather continues, many may find themselves facing winter illnesses, but if you have symptoms you cannot seem to shake, one Wilmington health professional wants you to be aware of an unexpected potential cause.

Get tips, advice on how to make your home flood resistant

FEMA is hosting a community mitigation resiliency workshop in Leland on Thursday, Jan. 17.

Town of Leland asking state for help with ongoing stormwater issues

Leland Assistant Town Manager Niel Brooks says the town fared well after Florence, but there are several pre-hurricane flooding issues still on the town’s radar.

Yard waste pickup back to normal after Hurricane Florence

Yard waste pickup has returned to normal in Wilmington after Hurricane Florence.

Beach renourishment project for Carolina, Kure beaches set to begin in February

The beaches of Pleasure Island will soon be a bit more plentiful thanks to an $18 million dollar federal project.

VFW looking to demolish, rebuild historic building

The VFW building was opened in the 1940s and VFW member Commander Scott Wallace can’t imagine a life without it.

Despite property management’s claims, no signs or record of repair at Market North community

Blue tarps cover nearly every roof at Market North Apartments, a subsidized, low-income housing community in Wilmington. Mailboxes remain empty, and windows are boarded up more than three months after residents were forced to evacuate with little notice.

FEMA to contact hurricane survivors about housing solutions

Hurricane Florence survivors still staying in hotels will have the chance to set up appointments with FEMA representatives to discuss more permanent housing solutions.

Gov. Cooper urges Hurricane Florence victims to sign up for STEP

The Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power program provides temporary repairs at no cost to homeowners

Residents cautiously optimistic that section of major road in Boiling Spring Lakes will reopen by mid-January

After Hurricane Florence caused a destructive washout, permanent repairs to one section of E. Boiling Spring Road in Boiling Spring Lakes are scheduled to be completed by mid-January, but permanent fixes to infrastructure, including pipes and dams, will not be completed until June 2020.

  NC woman says contractor took $20,000 for post-hurricane work that wasn’t done

At age 66, Mary Beth Smith never thought she would be re-staining her stairs on a Friday afternoon.

Get information about rebuilding your home after Hurricane Florence

Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity is hosting an information session in Wallace for homeowners affected by Hurricane Florence.

Pender Co. hosting buyout workshop for hurricane survivors

Industry experts and state employees are scheduled to be in attendance at a workshop for Hurricane Florence victims on Jan. 15.

‘All I want for Christmas is a trailer,’ residents of White Stocking plead for donations

A FEMA spokesperson said Friday that 120 FEMA trailers have been delivered to Pender County, including White Stocking but residents here say they haven’t seen them.

Mounds of hurricane debris still on roadsides in Pender County

It’s hard to drive parts of Pender County and not notice the mountains. The problem is they’re not rolling hills of green. They’re mounds of trash and hurricane debris on the side of the road.

Duke Energy to ask for customer rate increase to cover hurricane, winter storm costs

In a petition submitted Dec. 21, Duke Energy explained the unprecedented high financial cost of hurricanes Florence and Michael and winter storm Diego.

Home for Christmas: Family displaced by Florence moves back in for holiday

Like the other 43 Stoney Creek residents whose homes were damaged during Florence, the recovery process has been a slow and expensive one.

Home for the holidays just a wish for many displaced by Hurricane Florence

The Christmas carol There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays is one of those musical traditions that stings for Crystal Williams.

Furniture Finders give hurricane victims a new start

Hundreds of people in southeastern North Carolina are having to start over after losing everything in the hurricane. Furniture Finders is working to help make this uphill battle a little easier.

Animal rescue in Brunswick Co. slowly rebuilding

Damage from Hurricane Florence at Southport/Oak Island Animal Rescue is hindering its ability to shelter more rescue animals.

FEMA leaving New Hanover Co. disaster recovery center today; debris collection wraps up

The disaster recovery center located at Independence Mall in Wilmington will close permanently at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20.

FEMA, state workers pitch in to buy toys for children affected by hurricane

According to Albie Lewis, who runs FEMA's North Carolina operations, hundreds of toys were bought with workers' personal funds for the US Marines Toys for Tots program.

Walking the line: Three brothers part of power line technician graduating class

Wednesday’s power line technician graduation featured Josh, Logan and Dakota Luce. The oldest, Josh, had the initial idea to go to lineman school, then asked his brothers if they wanted to join him.

Atkinson Baptist Church hosts toy drive for Hurricane Florence victims

It’s the season of giving, but in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, many residents in our community are unable to give their children the gifts they want.

Governor Cooper tours Pender County to survey Florence recovery efforts

Governor Roy Cooper made a stop in Pender County Thursday morning to survey several spots that were damaged by Hurricane Florence, including U.S. 421 near the New Hanover County line where a huge section was completely washed away by floodwaters.

Help make sure 220 children have gifts to open on Christmas morning

The children are in the Big Buddy program, Hurricane Florence evacuees and in foster care.

Judge bars tree-removal company accused of price gouging from collecting fees

A Superior Court judge has granted a preliminary injunction against an out-of-state tree removal company which keeps the owners from operating in North Carolina and collecting exorbitant fees they charged victims in Castle Hayne in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

Deadline to apply for FEMA assistance extended to Dec. 19

Gov. Roy Cooper requested and received a deadline extension in early November and the deadline was extended again Thursday at Cooper’s request. The deadline to register is Dec. 19 at 11:59 p.m.

Wilmington Tree Commission replants Greenfield Park

Since Hurricane Florence uprooted thousands of trees in Wilmington, it was perhaps more important to replant trees this year.

Repairs start on woman’s home damaged by Florence

A tree fell on Amy Riggs' home during Hurricane Florence. She and her family evacuated so they weren’t home when it happened.