Hurricane Florence

  Fair Bluff awarded $2.5 million in loan, grant money for hurricane recovery

The Town of Fair Bluff was award $2.5 million in grant and loan money to help with Hurricane Florence recovery, Gov. Roy Cooper announced Thursday.
  Local leaders lobby for more hurricane recovery support
  Nature preserve gets facelift after Florence
  Blockade Runner reopens after fixing rooms, property damaged by Hurricane Florence
  Rouzer says office can do little to help with White Oak Dike, will look at flood mitigation

  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.
  A coalition of lawyers helps Florence survivors combat FEMA
  Surf City working to rebuild beach areas hit hardest by hurricane
  Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity partners with local church

More on Hurricane Florence

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.

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

The Homeless Continuum of Care works with volunteers to count the homeless in the area for a 24-hour period.

  Recovery effort continues with Florence summit

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

  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.
  East Boiling Spring Road opened Monday, but construction planned again in March
  Government shutdown affects family’s rebuilding efforts after hurricane

  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.

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.

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.

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.

‘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.

Ho hum holiday for some local retailers grateful to be open after Hurricane Florence

It’s been a ho-hum holiday for many local business owners this Christmas season. The blame isn’t being placed on the economy, it’s being placed on Florence.

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.

Restart in Style: Pop-up shop gives hurricane victims free designer clothing

An unexpected package arrived a few weeks ago at Support the Port, a local charity that helps the underserved in Wilmington.

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.

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.

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

“Hurricane Florence damaged this building extensively,” said Ralph Gardner, a citizen at the post office on Thursday. “It has hampered postal operations for quite some time, and we need people who are in charge of this building, we need them here to fix the place.”

  Strangers help bring Christmas to neighborhood affected by Florence

Debbie Crafa and Lori Angel were inspired by Northchase neighbors' devotion to help each other, and wanted to do anything they could to help people in the neighborhood affected by Hurricane Florence.

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.

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

The season of giving gets a boost from Good Friends

‘Unreasonably excessive’: Price gouging in the wake of Hurricane Florence

In the weeks following Hurricane Florence, hundreds of complaints of price gouging poured into the North Carolina Attorney General’s office.

Wilmington Response uses parade float to announce new relief efforts

Wilmington Response was forced to find a backup way to unveil their latest recovery efforts after the Wilmington Holiday Parade was cancelled.

Craft beer makers team up to encourage visitors to Wilmington

Cape Fear Craft Beer Alliance: Wilmington is open for business.

Battling stress after Hurricane Florence and through the holiday season

The holidays can be a stressful time. For many families, this year may be more stressful than in years past. Thousands of families in our region are dealing with the stress of trying to pick up the pieces of their lives after the devastation of Hurricane Florence. In many cases, it’s having a direct

2018 Atlantic hurricane season: The year of Florence and Michael

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

Highway 6: “Come Back” campaign luring tourists back to Wilmington and area beaches after Hurricane Florence

Wilmington's Convention and Visitors Bureau wants tourists to "come back". A new ad campaign is reminding people the region is back open for business

  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.

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.

’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.

Direct Hit: A look at Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence made landfall in the Cape Fear region Friday, Sept. 14. Here's a look at the storm's impact from before it made landfall to the days after - when some communities were left under water.

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.

Corpening, Van Pelt honored by NC Attorney General

Judge J.H. Corpening and Meade Horton Van Pelt, both of Wilmington, have received the North Carolina Attorney General’s Dogwood Award, which honors individuals “who are dedicated to keeping people safe, healthy, and happy in their communities”.

Wilmington woman turns Florence debris into art

Taking broken pieces of all types of debris from Hurricane Florence and turning it into something beautiful - That is what one local artist is doing this holiday season.

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.

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.