Several towns, counties in area declare states of emergency; Southport, Holden Beach, Brunswick Co. put curfews in effect

Cape Fear region braces for Isaias

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Several towns and counties in our area have declared a state of emergency as Isaias heads for the region.

City of Wilmington

Mayor Bill Saffo has issued a state of emergency for the city of Wilmington effective at noon Monday in preparation for the impact of Isaias. City offices closed at 3 p.m. on Monday in order to make storm preparations. City offices will remain closed on Tuesday while staff evaluates the impacts of the storm.

The city council meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday night has been canceled. A decision for rescheduling the meeting is forthcoming.

Trash pickup originally scheduled for Tuesday will instead occur on Wednesday.

City parks and recreation facilities closed at noon on Monday in order to make storm preparations. The closure affects all parks, recreation facilities, pools, and golf courses. A plan for re-opening city parks and recreation facilities will be communicated to the public following an assessment of storm impacts on Tuesday morning.

Residents should call the emergency public information hotline at (910) 798-6800 with questions or for support (Spanish speakers are available). Please use 911 only for true emergencies and the emergency public information hotline for all other questions.

New Hanover County

New Hanover County has declared a state of emergency effective at 12 p.m. Monday in advance of Isaias. New Hanover County’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is activated and will be operational 24 hours a day throughout the storm to help ensure our community is safe.

As a reminder, county offices, facilities, parks, and the landfill closed at noon Monday and will be closed on Tuesday, August 4. Courts in New Hanover and Pender counties will also be closed on Tuesday and will reopen on a regular schedule Wednesday.

The public can call 910-798-6800 with questions, sign up for emergency news and alerts at

Brunswick County

Brunswick County’s state of emergency goes into effect at 3:30 p.m. Monday and includes a voluntary evacuation of low-lying and flood-prone areas of the unincorporated area of Brunswick County as well as anyone who dwells in mobile or substandard housing

A curfew is also in effect from 9 p.m. Monday until 6 a.m. Tuesday for unincorporated areas. This curfew does not apply to any individual traveling to or from their place of employment.

Brunswick County government offices will close Monday at 3:30 p.m. and anticipate reopening Tuesday at noon.

Pender County

Pender County officials declared a state of emergency effective Monday at noon.

“We are tracking Hurricane Isaias,” said Carson Smith, Pender County Emergency Manager. “The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is fully activated 24/7.”

Columbus County

Columbus County officials have declared a state of emergency for the unincorporated areas of the county, effective 3 p.m. Monday. All county offices will close at 4 p.m. Monday and reopen at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The County Commissioner meeting scheduled for Monday night has been canceled.


Southport’s state of emergency went into effect at 9 a.m. Monday. A curfew has been instituted at 6 p.m., Monday for the entire city.

At 3 p.m, Monday, Bay Street, Brunswick Street, and Yacht Basin Drive will be closed from Kingsley Park to the Southport Marina, and all city parks and offices as well.


For Belville, effective at 9 a.m. the town is under a state of emergency and the town is encouraging residents living in low-lying areas as well as structures like mobile homes that cannot sustain high winds to evacuate.

“Mayor Allen and the Belville Board of Commissioners request that all residents, property owners, boating interests and construction sites make preparations in securing their property. All residents are advised to secure outdoor furniture, building materials, boats and any other objects that could blow around in high winds,” according to a statement from the town.

“While we have been through stronger storms in recent years, we cannot let our guard down, become complacent, and avoid taking precautions,” said Mayor Mike Allen. “There is nothing wrong with being overly prepared for any tropical system.”

The Brunswick Riverwalk is now closed and the county’s Planning Board meeting scheduled for Aug. 4 has been canceled.

Boiling Spring Lakes

In Boiling Spring Lakes, the state of emergency will go into effect at noon today, and will remain in effect until rescinded.

Holden Beach

Holden Beach amended its state of emergency to include a curfew and voluntary evacuation. The voluntary evacuation went into effect at 11 a.m. on Aug. 3. The town-wide curfew will be in effect starting at 6:30 p.m. Monday and will remain in place until 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. All public areas are closed to the public.


Leland has declared a town-wide state of emergency effective at 3 p.m. Monday. A voluntary evacuation also has been issued.

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