Local governments respond to Hurricane Ian, state of emergency declared in Pender and Columbus counties

Published: Sep. 28, 2022 at 12:41 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 30, 2022 at 10:44 AM EDT
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Counties and communities in southeastern North Carolina have released information to help residents prepare for the potential impacts of Hurricane Ian.

Authorities throughout southeastern N.C. ask families to prepare ahead of the storm’s arrival. Creating a family communication plan, an emergency kit and checking local information for updates are crucial steps to ensure safety.

New Hanover County

New Hanover County authorities ask residents to stay informed through ReadyNHC.com.

The City of Wilmington has stated that trash collection is scheduled to occur on Friday. Residents are asked to remove and secure carts immediately following collection. Bulky, electronics and metal appointments have been suspended for Friday and will be rescheduled for Oct. 7.

In preparation for Hurricane Ian, the Town of Carolina Beach has lowered the water levels in Carolina Beach Lake as well as the Carolina Beach Village, Island Forest, Ocean Ridge, Olde Mariner’s Village, Publix, The Glenn and Town Hall retention ponds.

Per the Town of Carolina Beach, Snow’s Cut bridge will close if wind speeds are sustained at 45 mph or greater. If the bridge is closed, all traffic, including emergency response personnel will be unable to cross. The community will be notified by the town if the bridge closes.

Kure Beach asks residents to check the town’s website for local updates. The town stated that all stormwater systems have been cleared and are ready for the potential rain. Residents are asked to remove debris from their yards to ensure that drainage systems do not become blocked. Additionally, Kure Beach authorities have stated that Friday morning trash pickup will be delayed until Saturday.

Wave Transit services will still be up and running through Friday and the weekend unless storm conditions worsen.

Pender County

Pender County has declared a state of emergency effective Friday, Sept. 30 at 8 a.m.

County authorities ask residents to register for CodeRed, Pender County’s emergency alert system. Those wishing to register can do here. Updates will also be provided on the Pender County Emergency Management Facebook page.

The Pender County Emergency Management office can be contacted at (910) 259-1210.

The Town of Burgaw has declared a state of emergency effective on Thursday, Sept. at 5 p.m.

The Town of Surf City has announced that if sustained winds reach 45 mph or greater, travel across the Surf City Bridge is greatly discouraged. The bridge will not close, but travelers “will be doing so at their own risk.” The town encourages residents to sign up for CodeRED, download the “MySurfCity” app, check the Town of Surf City website and Facebook page.

Columbus County

Columbus County has declared a state of emergency as of Thursday, Sept. 29 at 3 p.m.

Authorities encourage residents to visit Ready.gov for information on hurricane preparedness. Additionally, residents can sign up for CodeRED to receive emergency notifications from the county on the county website.

The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office asks residents to download the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office app, which can be found in app stores under “Columbus County Sheriff’s Office NC.” Per the announcement, the “Ready NC” tab in the app will provide tips and information concerning storm preparedness. Additionally, the CCSO stated that emergency notifications and push alerts will be sent through the app.

Whiteville has declared a state of emergency as of Thursday, Sept. 29 at 4:44 p.m.

The City of Whiteville recommends citizens sign up for “AlertWhiteville” on their website for emergency notifications.

Brunswick County

Brunswick County authorities ask residents to visit their website to prepare for Hurricane Ian. Additionally, the county has provided a list of links on their Facebook page to help residents stay informed during the potential storm.

The county further asks residents to sign up for emergency alerts from CodeRED, which can be done here. Additionally, residents are asked to check Brunswick County Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Nextdoor pages for information and updates.

County officials stated that trash and recycling routes have been cancelled for Sept. 30. Convenience centers and the landfill will also be closed. Pickup will be rescheduled for Oct. 1.

The Town of Belville has declared a state of emergency as of Friday, Sept. 30 at 9:05 a.m.

Per a release, the Town of Belville asks all residents, property owners, boating interests and construction sites to secure their property. The town asks residents to check ReadyNC.org for a list of shelters. Additionally, residents with special needs are encouraged to register with the Brunswick County Emergency Services Department by calling (910) 253-5383 or by completing the online form on their website. For additional tips, the Town of Belville suggests checking their emergency preparedness website.

Southport has declared a state of emergency as of Thursday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m.

Sunset Beach Public Safety officials said the Causeway Drive Bridge could be breached due to the anticipated storm surge during high tide and become impassable two hours before and after high tide at 11:30 a.m., or from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Residents are asked to evacuate the beach as police and EMS could be unable to respond to calls on the island.

Boiling Spring Lakes has declared a state of emergency as of Thursday, Sept. 29 at 3:01 p.m.

The Town of Holden Beach has announced that the Holden Beach Bridge will close to traffic if sustained winds are 45 mph or greater. Although the town has not issued an evacuation request, it has stated that those staying on the island do so at the risk of “rising salt water, no sewer, no drinking water, no electricity and dangerous winds.”

Brunswick County announced that utility customers being serviced by the vacuum sewer systems (104 - 713 Caswell Beach Road and the island portion of Sunset Beach) may experience periods of limited or no service. Residents are encouraged to conserve water.

Bladen County

The Bladen County Health and Human Services Agency asks residents to visit ReadyNC.gov to prepare for any potential storms brought by Hurricane Ian. The agency further encourages residents to review the flood playbook.

The sheriff’s office will also have deputies placed in standby throughout the area in case of any emergencies.

This story will be updated when additional information is available.