Hurricane Florence Recovery

  State extends STEP program for houses damaged by Florence

  Irish delights are back; Celtic Creamery re-opens after Hurricane Florence

  FEMA approves $17.5 million reimbursement to Wilmington for debris removal

  As hurricane season approaches, animal activists weigh in on law that would punish those who leave dogs behind in storms

  Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues and Jazz festival back after Hurricane Florence

  Lester Holt: Why an image from Hurricane Florence is still on his iPhone (”1on1 with Jon Evans” podcast)

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  ‘I want to cry’: Woman, three children cramped in $30 a night motel still reeling after Florence

  Pender County students present mural to rescue officials for work during Florence

  Cooper announces $12.2M in crisis counseling for Florence survivors

  New Hanover County’s Coastal Fitness Challenge canceled due to weather

  Former residents fear Market North property will be sold

  Attorney General files lawsuit against Florida tree-removal company for alleged price gouging in Wilmington area

  Wilmington church replaces steeple damaged in Hurricane Florence

During Hurricane Florence, a big gust of wind knocked over the steeple at Covenant Church and sent it flying yards away.

  Concerns about future of Market North Apartments grow, still no evidence or records for repair work

Concerns about the future of the Market North Apartments, a subsidized, low-income housing community in Wilmington, are growing despite claims from property management that repair work is taking place.

  Giving the gift of life: Pender Co. foster brothers displaced after hurricane prepare to go under the knife

In 48 hours, a pair of foster brothers will go under the knife and while they may not be related by blood, they will soon be united by possibly an even stronger bond.

  Pender County student excels academically despite being displaced by Hurricane Florence

Cody Bollinger is one of the nearly 800 students in Pender County Schools still displaced after Hurricane Florence made landfall in September 2018.

  Cape Fear Comeback: Harbor Way Gardens makes debut on Azalea Garden Tour despite Hurricane Florence damage

  New Hanover County hosts workshop focused on needs of children in disasters

Group says hurricane recovery in Pender County will take eight years

  Boiling Spring Lakes won’t see water in lakes until 2020

  UPDATE: Lutheran Services Carolinas, residents step up to help couple still displaced in motel after Florence

  United Way Worldwide discusses recovery efforts post Florence

  Hundreds attend annual NC tourism conference

Over 500 professionals in the tourism industry from across North Carolina are welcomed at the 2019 Visit North Carolina 365 Conference. The event is taking place at the Wilmington Convention Center form March 31-April 2.

Surf City bar owner finally opens business after Florence takes it all

Brent Herring sold everything he had to open his dream business, 10th Street Bar, last May. But hurricane Florence set him back, keeping him closed for five months.

UPDATE: Porters Neck Country Club in 'dire financial straits,’ sues insurance company for not covering Hurricane Florence damage

Porters Neck Country Club is taking legal action against its insurance company, claiming it owes the club more than $5 million to cover property damage from Hurricane Florence.

Wilmington fish markets finally back on track for summer

Wilmington fish markets are finally experiencing business as usual.

  Gov. Cooper visits Wilmington to talk hurricane recovery

Governor Roy Cooper was in Wilmington on Tuesday to visit locations affected by Hurricane Florence.

  ‘We’ll find somewhere to live one way or another’: Florence victim still living in motel sheds light on affordable housing problem

FEMA transitional sheltering assistance (TSA), the program that paid for hotel or motel rooms as emergency sheltering for Florence survivors ended March 12. Two weeks later, Keith Hester and his wife are still living in the single motel room they have spent the last six months in.

Celebrating downtown Wilmington’s growth and transformation six months after Hurricane Florence

Governor Roy Cooper, Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo, and other community leaders come together for Wilmington Downtown Incorporated's Economic Series program Tuesday.

Cape Fear Comeback: Community rolls on after Hurricane Florence

The Topsail Beach Skating Rink opened Friday night for the first time since Hurricane Florence.

Volunteers work to restore Airlie Gardens’ ‘Mystery Grave’

Volunteers from the Cape Fear Garden Club worked Friday morning to restore Airlie Gardens’ “Mystery Grave,” which suffered extensive damage during Hurricane Florence.

FEMA says all eligible hurricane survivors have been housed

Those in need of direct housing — travel trailers and manufactured homes — are in those structures, FEMA said.

  Group ‘committed to a full recovery’ for Pender Co. people affected by hurricane

The Pender County Long Term Recovery Group is asking for volunteers, grants, and donations to continue its efforts to help victims of Hurricane Florence.

  Failure to Protect: Citizens demand answers regarding White Oak Dike

Exactly six months after the White Oak Dike breached and sent floodwaters spilling into the community of Kelly, the small community’s residents took their local elected officials to task.

  NHC Board of Commissioners approves plans for handling future hurricanes

Making emergency plans for the next hurricane to hit southeastern North Carolina does not have to wait until the storm starts churning offshore.

  Renovated Shell Island Resort reopens after closing for Hurricane Florence

On Monday, Shell Island released photos of the renovated lobby, hallway, restaurant and bar, oceanview ballroom and soundview ballroom.

  Kure Beach woman makes St. Patrick’s Day signs for Whitestocking road

Pamela O’Quinn set out to help the neighbors in Whitestocking in October by making holiday signs requesting help after being flooded out by Hurricane Florence. She’s made signs for Christmas, Valentine’s Day and now St. Patrick’s Day.

  ‘A lot of people are falling through the cracks’: Switching Gears Bicycle Ministry helping others after losing everything to Florence

Six months after Hurricane Florence hit the North Carolina coast, one man is working to make sure victims are not forgotten despite losing everything himself.

  Bald Head Woods Reserve partially reopens after Florence

Bald Head Woods Reserve, located on Bald Head Island, is now partially open to visitors six months after Hurricane Florence swept through the region.

  NC Baptist Men pledge to continue repair work after STEP program for hurricane victims ends April 2

Mike Moser isn’t going to let a governmental decision get in the way of a promise he made after Hurricane Florence hit southeastern North Carolina.

  Friendship forms after Hurricane Florence

John Guthrie stumbled upon Diego Perez and his wife bringing supplies to people after the storm. Guthrie asked to help, and the two hopped in kayaks and paddled down White Marsh Road.

  Disabled Florence victim facing eviction from hotel gets 10-day reprieve

Lynn Miller hasn’t lived in a permanent home for six months. She’s been staying at the Mainstay Suites for the last four months thanks to FEMA’s Transitional Sheltering Program. With nowhere to go, Miller received a notice that she needed to be out of the hotel by 1 p.m. Wednesday.

  Popular restaurant rebuilding after Hurricane Florence thanks to customers’ help

A customer’s loyalty can mean everything to a business, and in the case of one area restaurant, it meant keeping the business afloat.

  Displaced residents move into new housing before FEMA’s Transitional Sheltering program ends

FEMA’s Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program ends on March 13. Residents using the program moved out of the hotels they’ve been living in for five months, and into other housing FEMA set up for them.

Dozens of residents attend Surf City Dune workshop to talk about restoration

Surf City’s welcome center was a packed house Saturday with people to discuss upcoming sand dune restoration after the dunes were washed away by Hurricane Florence.

  Pender Co. gives away tree seedlings to help rebuild vegetation after Florence

Hurricane Florence took out a lot of trees in southeastern North Carolina, and Pender County offered residents a chance to restore them Friday.

  Wilmington Response creating jobs for workers displaced by Hurricane Florence

Founder Nick Hiteshew says thanks to an NCWorks Grant, Wilmington Response is able to employ between 30 and 35 full-time workers in case management, supply management, and distribution roles.

  Pender County reimbursed nearly $4M for storm debris removal

Pender County hired contractors to remove vegetation and other debris from public rights of way after the storm. The work was completed Nov. 5.

Hurricane survivors get information on housing assistance, repairs at resource fair

Survivors displaced by Hurricane Florence in need of housing assistance or repairs got information at a housing resource fair Tuesday in the Oleander Room of the Northeast Library in Wilmington.

  What’s open and what’s not after Hurricane Florence

Six months after Hurricane Florence, southeastern North Carolina continues to fight back day by day.

  Hurricane survivors frustrated with nowhere to go after FEMA transitional sheltering assistance deadline approaches

Vincent Yates has been living at a hotel that FEMA transitional sheltering assistance but him since his home is unlivable due to hurricane damage. However, Yates, along with hundreds of other community members could end up homeless when FEMA’s TSA ends March 12.

  Cape Fear Comeback: Shell Island Resort set to reopen Friday after suffering extensive hurricane damage

The hotel has been closed since Sept. 11, 2018, days before Hurricane Florence blew through.

‘We are fighting everyday’: Savannah Inn in Carolina Beach still closed after Florence

Nearly six months after Hurricane Florence, a Carolina Beach inn remains vacant.

The global threat of climate change and its effects on our local military

The American Security Project hosts an event at the Battleship North Carolina Tuesday to discuss how climate change affects military communities.

Hurricane survivors sheltering assistance program ending in March

According to a news release from FEMA, transitional sheltering assistance (TSA), the program that pays for hotel or motel rooms as emergency sheltering for storm survivors, ends March 12.

Policy modified to potentially help Brunswick Co. hurricane survivors

People in Brunswick County who were displaced by Hurricane Florence can apply to be placed on a waiting list for public housing.

  Friendly Food Project helps Pender County residents in more than one way

Natalie Johnston started the Friendly Food Project after Hurricane Florence ravaged the Carolina coastline. Soon after various groups that supplied hot meals for Pender County residents left to help Hurricane Michael survivors, Johnston stepped up to help.

  FEMA flood mitigation workshop coming to Whiteville on Monday

The latest in the series of FEMA flood mitigation workshops in the area will be held in Whiteville on Monday.

City, county leaders discuss need for affordable housing after hurricane

On Thursday, members of the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners and Wilmington City Council met to talk about affordable housing, and city and county leaders, as well as community members, all agree that something must be done to address the issue.

  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.

  Construction begins for permanent bridge on U.S. 421

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has started construction on a permanent bridge after Hurricane Florence caused the largest washout in North Carolina at the New Hanover and Pender County line.

  Valentines Day signs asking for help in Whitestocking community

Kure Beach resident, Pamela O’Quinn made signs this past Christmas for the neighbors on Whitestocking road asking for FEMA trailers. Now that the holiday has changed, so hav

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

WECT investigates the history of the White Oak Dike, and how decades of miscommunication put hundreds of people at risk during and after Hurricane Florence.

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

FEMA is pushing back on claims from the Town of Surf City that it is "not protecting its citizens’ best interests” when it comes to restoring the beaches of the Pender County community in the wake of Hurricane Florence.

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

FEMA’s share for this project was $7.1 million. The federal portion is paid directly to the state, which disburses funds to the agencies, local governments and to certain private nonprofits that incurred costs.

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

Church trustee chairman, Jeffery Whiting, believes it could have been much worse. He said the organ in the church’s sanctuary sustained no damage.

  A coalition of lawyers helps Florence survivors combat FEMA

Pro Bono lawyers helped victims of Hurricane Florence file FEMA appeals and reconsiderations, also to assist people in how to better understand why they got turned away from FEMA.

  New bridge built after Hurricane Florence opens in Bladen County

The state Department of Transportation said in a news release that a bridge on Johnsontown Road has been repaired after hurricane floodwaters damaged it. The new bridge cost $1.2 million.

  UNCW breaks ground on multi-million dollar student housing complex

UNCW officially broke ground on its new $140 million Student Housing Village on Thursday.

  Surf City working to rebuild beach areas hit hardest by hurricane

The Town of Surf City has teamed up with TI Coastal Services to assess locations along the dune systems hit hardest by Hurricane Florence.

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

Pender County Courthouse employees have to work in less than ideal conditions after Hurricane Florence damaged the building, and it’s causing courtroom delays for staff as well as those with court dates.

  Surf City sees post-hurricane resurgence in its future

Hurricane Florence caused millions of dollars in damage to beach towns along the North Carolina coast, but many are bouncing back and Surf City wants people to know the beach is open for business.

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

Pender County officials said Monday there is no timeline for getting the Pender County Courthouse repaired, prolonging a less than ideal situation for residents and courthouse employees.

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

The deadline for residents in the Cape Fear Region who are eligible for a special program that provides rapid repairs to homes damaged by Hurricane Florence has been extended to Feb. 10.

  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

The Led Zeppelin tribute band No Quarter will bring its music and stage show to the Wilson Center on the campus of Cape Fear Community College on Saturday night, February 2, 2019. Proceeds from the show will benefit CFCC students impacted by Hurricane Florence.

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

Many families across the Cape Fear are still displaced after Hurricane Florence, including the Gadomskis. The family, however, wasn’t put out by water or wind damage. Instead, a fire ripped through their home weeks after the storm.