Hurricane Florence Recovery

  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.

Deadline to apply for FEMA assistance extended to Dec. 19

Wilmington Tree Commission replants Greenfield Park

Repairs start on woman’s home damaged by Florence

Pender County issuing fines for illegal dumping

Hurricane Florence increases business for company

Christmas Toy drive aims to help those affected by Hurricane Florence

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Cape Fear Realtors donate to Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard

Anheuser-Busch gives Wilmington canned water

Hometown Hero: Sarah Prevatte opens her home as distribution center for hurricane victims

FEMA to close Pender County disaster recovery center

Burgaw Post Office damaged by Hurricane Florence still has exposed insulation, tarped roof, puddles

Governor Cooper tours new bridge, surveys storm damage in Surf City

  Black River resident returns home for second time after hurricane

We first met Kristen Johnson in October 2016 after Hurricane Matthew destroyed her home on Canetuck Road, leaving more than four feet of water inside and ruining everything she worked for her whole life. The water was inside the home for 14 days.

Company gives free Christmas trees to Hurricane Florence victims

King of Christmas gave away 500 Christmas trees Wednesday night at the Salvation Army Christmas center on North Market Street.

Storm debris pickup should be complete in Wilmington by Christmas

Vegetative debris set out for collection must meet the city's collection limit of seven cubic yards or less. Loose material like grass, leaves and pine straw must be placed in containers or bags.

Friends donate trailer to woman left homeless after hurricane

After two months of living in a tent, CJ Spencer was finally given a trailer, but not by FEMA.

  Group lets Hurricane Florence victims know they have ‘Good Friends’

Governor signs bill to help NC farmers recovering from Florence

Wilmington Response uses parade float to announce new relief efforts

Dozens of volunteers plant trees around Wilmington

Craft beer makers team up to encourage visitors to Wilmington

Support the Port offering free clothes to hurricane survivors

2018 Atlantic hurricane season: The year of Florence and Michael

There were 15 named storms, eight hurricanes and two major hurricanes in 2018.

Pender Co. offers help with heating bills; storm debris pickup deadline announced

The county announced Friday is the deadline for Hurricane Florence vegetative debris pickup.

Columbus Co. disaster recovery center relocates, will close next week

The center for Hurricane Florence survivors is now located at the Econo Lodge at 503 North JK Powell Boulevard. It will be open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday.

Butler supports governor’s hurricane recovery plan

Since shortly after Hurricane Florence hit southeastern North Carolina, Governor Roy Cooper has advocated for rebuilding.

Gov. Cooper asks Congress for $8.8 billion in Florence recovery aid

North Carolina’s governor is asking Congress for more federal funding to recover from Hurricane Florence, saying the total $8.8 billion requested is comparable to the help Washington has provided for other disasters since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Brunswick Co. disaster recovery center closing Friday

The recovery center located in Bolivia at Brunswick Community College is scheduled to shut down Friday at 6 p.m. According to an email from a FEMA spokesperson, the location will be open until 6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday.

Questions arise in discussion of rebuilding after Florence

The North Carolina Coastal Resources Commission sat down to give stakeholders an environmental Wednesday. Several hands raised in the discussion of rebuilding after Florence. Specifically, the smaller rural communities that are often forgotten.

FEMA disaster recovery center closing in Bladen County

The Bladen County Agricultural Center FEMA location at 450 Smith Circle in Elizabethtown will close permanently at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Celebrity chef whose organization helped feed Hurricane Florence victims nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

The celebrity chef who helped feed storm victims and first responders during Hurricane Florence is nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Temporary housing ordinance approved for hurricane survivors in Whiteville

Homeowners in Whiteville who were displaced by Hurricane Florence are one step closer to getting temporary housing.

Businesses hit by Hurricane Florence rebuild in time for holiday shopping season

As we approach Christmas, some of the businesses hit hard by Hurricane Florence are back open and they’re counting on you to shop local.

Giving Tuesday: Realtors group packs meals for those in need

Brunswick County realtors came together to pack 40,000 meals as part of Giving Tuesday.

Carolina Beach allocates additional $170,000 to Florence recovery, looks ahead to future storms

At the Carolina Beach Town Council’s special work session Tuesday, several agenda items had to do with the response to Florence, as well as how the town can be better prepared for the next storm.

After the storm: Businesses look to bounce back

Several businesses were devastated by Hurricane Florence. We take a look at a few of them working to recover after the storm.

’Just go’: FEMA rep warns deadline to apply for assistance is near

If you were impacted by Hurricane Florence and you live in an area that was declared a disaster, you are eligible for FEMA disaster assistance.

’A Christmas Shoppe’ owner urges people to shop local this holiday season after losing home to Florence

Deb Woody and her husband James have run "A Christmas Shoppe" in downtown Wilmington for the past 12 years.

New Hanover County lifts burn ban in unincorporated areas

New Hanover County officials on Monday lifted the ban on open burning in the unincorporated areas of the county.

Crews completing final pass for Leland storm debris pickup

The town of Leland announced Wednesday that contractor crews are now completing their final pass for residential storm debris pickup.

Canal Drive flooding surprises family here to help with Florence recovery

Heavy rains Saturday prompted major flooding on Canal Drive on Carolina Beach

Pender county woman gives back even when she has nothing left to give

The town of Burgaw has been coming together to support each other after much of the community was flooded out, causing them to lose everything. CJ Spencer was one of those flood survivors. Even though she lost an abundance of things, she still gives back as much as she can, including her front yard.

Hometown Hero: Lemonade stand leads to tree company removing 100-year-old tree from Florence damaged home for free

In the spirit of the holidays, we want recognize those in our communities who go above and beyond in certain situations. Our area has dealt with many hard times over this past year especially after Hurricane Florence. Every Friday we will air stories from people in the area thanking someone they co

Woman serves Thanksgiving meals to community despite losing everything in hurricane

Vivian Herring lost everything in Hurricane Florence, but she gave back on Thanksgiving, serving meals to her community.

  Michael Jordan has emotional meeting with family that lost home after Hurricane Florence

A phone call about meeting a mystery celebrity led to a mom and her four children spending time with the basketball legend from Wilmington.

Pender County Schools repay commissioners $4 million of state funds

The Pender County Board of Education held an emergency meeting Wednesday and decided to repay county commissioners for fronting the funds to help get schools reopened after Hurricane Florence.

Pender Co. expands scope of Hurricane Florence debris pickup

Deadlines have been established for Pender County residents to have Hurricane Florence debris picked up. County commissioners approved spending up to an additional $600,000 to remove debris from private, unpaved roads.

Residents of a Wilmington community no longer have to be out by Thanksgiving, but volunteers still needed

According to Brendella Banks, site manager of the Jervay Community on Dawson Street, a date for the moveout should be emailed Wednesday, but those who have to move do not have to do so by Thanksgiving.

Woman known for helping others now needs help after hurricane

Mary Turcotte was living in a tent for about a month after Hurricane Florence. Recently, she bought two used trailers and still uses the tents to shelter her salvaged items, but she does not have running water for her and three people living with her.

Free Thanksgiving meals for Florence victims being distributed around Wilmington today

Operation BBQ Relief is distributing take-home Thanksgiving meals at three Lowe’s Home Improvement locations around Wilmington on Tuesday, Nov. 20.

NCDOT to collect storm debris in Columbus, Bladen counties

Contractors with the North Carolina Department of Transportation will make one sweep for storm debris along state-maintained roads in Bladen and Columbus counties next week.

Pender County residents push for changes in hurricane cleanup

Several Pender County residents fed up with what they consider the slow pace of Hurricane Florence debris pickup spoke out at Monday’s Board of Commissioners meeting, and the county listened.

Pender County foster brothers who lost home in Florence extra grateful for each other this Thanksgiving

A Pender County teen plans to donate one of his kidneys to his foster brother.

Answers to frequently asked insurance questions after Hurricane Florence

A Wilmington insurance agent sat down with WECT to share advice and answer some of the most common questions people with insurance claims for storm damage are asking.

After losing car to Florence, retired Army sergeant given new Jeep

At Neuwirth Motors in Wilmington on Friday, retired Staff Sgt. Sean McConaghy was given a 2016 Jeep Cherokee. It was the third vehicle given away by U.S. Bank and the Freedom Alliance as part of their Driven to Serve initiative.

Miller’s Pond Park in Pender County reopens

For the first time since Hurricane Florence swept through the county, Miller’s Pond Park is now open to the public.

A couple helping hurricane victims falls victim themselves

Imagine being across the country and finding out by watching local news that your home was engulfed by wildfire. That was a reality for Alicia and Michael Stephenson.

Riverfest returns: The annual event is later and cooler

Hurricane Florence led to the postponement of Riverfest. But now it’s time to celebrate the popular event.

Best Buy re-opens after taking hit from Florence

The Best Buy on College Road in Wilmington has been closed for the past two months after it took a severe hit from Hurricane Florence. Now, the electronic big box staple is expected to re-open, just in time for Black Friday.

Governor thanks volunteers during visit to Pender County

Cooper visited an AmeriCorps home project in Burgaw where volunteers were clearing a home of debris left from Florence.

  Man welds, delivers ‘fire pits of hope’ to river flooded communities

Cold nights have now arrived in our area and those still displaced from Hurricane Florence are struggling to stay warm. Luckily one man is trying to change that with his fire pits of hope.

FEMA rep: We want to put survivors on ‘right road to recovery’

The devastation caused by Hurricane Florence has left many in our area frustrated or angry as they find a way to return their lives back to normal.

Topsail Beach Board of Commissioners approves temporary housing resolution for Florence survivors

Under the guidelines of the resolution, permanent residents can live in a recreational vehicle on their property for 180 days and they can apply for a 180-day extension after that if needed.

Housing complex management to residents: Move out by Thanksgiving

A community meeting is where 80 units learned about the required move-out. The housing complex is not providing an alternate living space during this time, but FEMA, DSS, social workers, and EMS were on site helping people register and evaluate housing options.

175-year-old Southport church tries to bounce back from Florence

St. Philip’s Episcopal Church’s three buildings in Southport were waterlogged, forcing church members to gut parts of the buildings, and replace roofs.

I finally got a FEMA trailer, but not the keys. Now what?

The much anticipated FEMA travel trailers have finally hit the ground in Pender County.

FEMA says $122M spent in Cape Fear region for Florence relief

Grants from FEMA are for needs not covered by insurance and help families rent temporary housing, make basic home repairs and replace personal property. The federal organization says total funding for the area thus far is $122 million.

‘I prayed for a miracle and it rolled in today’: Disabled veteran reeling from Florence receives camper, new wheelchair

Army veteran Fred Saunders, 63, lost his Pender County home due to damage after Hurricane Florence. It was the third time his home was destroyed.

Funds raised to help Town of Wrightsville Beach employees after Florence

The Wrightsville Beach Foundation held a fundraiser in the parking lot of Bluewater Waterfront Grill to support town employees who were affected by Hurricane Florence.

Charities feeling the impact of Florence heading into holiday season

As the holiday season approaches, charitable organizations are feeling the impact of Hurricane Florence.

Wilmington church members lean on faith during difficult post-Florence rebuild

Drivers traveling down Shipyard Boulevard in Wilmington are sure to spot a unique looking brick church sitting near the intersection with 17th Street.

Candy cane tree in Burgaw shop will help give back to hurricane victims for the holidays

A local shop in Pender County is giving back this holiday season while also helping kids who were victims to Hurricane Florence.

Wilmington residents must have Florence construction debris on curbs by Monday

In an update Friday, Wilmington officials said the final pass for construction debris will start Monday, and residents should have any materials to the curb by Sunday night.

Woman previously living in tent in Pender County receives camper from Maryland

She has been living off of canned goods, using flashlights and candles, even going to the bathroom in buckets after Hurricane Florence.

FEMA may be able to reimburse housing expenses due to cold snap

Residents displaced by Hurricane Florence that have to get short-term lodging due to the cold may be able to be reimbursed by FEMA

Red Cross Florence shelter closes doors, most now in hotels

The shelter at Christ the King Church on North College Road closes at noon Friday, but Cape Fear area executive director James Jarvis said all of the 39 people who were still using the shelter Thursday have a place to go.

‘This is too long of a camping trip:’ Pender County woman living in tent nearly two months after Florence

Cheryl has been living in an 8x8 tent next to her waterlogged home for more than a month after Hurricane Florence. Prior to the hurricane, she lived in the elevated home on the Cape Fear River for more than a decade.

City council approves $4.5M more in funds for Hurricane Florence recovery

Debris removal and monitoring is expected to cost about $19 million and another $2.3 million will go to toward repairing city buildings damaged by the storm and replacing lost contents.

Wrightsville Beach residents hope to rebuild public access stairway

A popular pathway to the sound in Wrightsville Beach has been closed since it was destroyed by Hurricane Florence. People living along West Henderson Street lost their access to the sound after the storm and neighbors in the area hope to have it again.

Down dogs will help UNCW students get back up

A yoga class will balance into the body and mind, while helping UNCW Seahawks recover from Hurricane Florence.