NEED TO KNOW: Florence Recovery Information

City crews wrapping up Florence-related repairs on Montgomery Avenue

  Wilmington’s oldest bed and breakfast is nearly restored from Florence damage

  New incentives to help revitalize downtown Whiteville

  Florence victims living in camper for 14 months almost ready to move back home

  Newly revamped Operation School Bell supplies clothes, materials to local students in need

Brunswick County culvert damaged in Hurricane Florence to be replaced

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New Hanover awarded $4.3M to remove Florence-related debris from area creeks

  Pender County expands water rescue capabilities

Whiteville Fire Dept. wins grants to buy water rescue boat, new gear

  Pender schools get $6.5 million in federal, state funds for Florence-related cleanup costs

  Bladen County and FEMA remodel old prison to house disaster volunteers

  Volunteers still needed to help move furniture and clean up after Hurricane Florence

One Year Later: Widow reconnected with contractor who found husband’s ashes

Stoney Creek Plantation was one the hardest hit areas devastated by flooding during Hurricane Florence — dozens of homes in the Leland neighborhood were overwhelmed with water in a matter of hours. Many families are still rebuilding today, while others, like Vicky Zelenka, have left altogether.

  Boiling Spring Lakes lost part of its identity in Hurricane Florence; it will cost millions to bring the water back

Boiling Spring Lakes lost its lakes in Hurricane Florence. Now, the community is losing its patience.

  Family displaced by Florence says Red Cross money came as a surprise

Family displaced by Florence says Red Cross money came as a big surprise

One Year Later: Owners unsure of Surf City business’ future after hurricane

“It has made us question whether it was the right move, whether it was the right time and we’ve had to grapple with all of those questions and we’re still grappling with some of them,” Staton said.

  A year after Florence, students and staff at UNCW’s Dobo Hall still displaced

  DOT to shift southbound traffic onto new portion of U.S. 421

One Year Later: Restaurant remembers relief operations during Hurricane Florence

  Whiteville firefighters pressed on during Hurricane Florence, despite devastating conditions

  Disaster recovery team continues restoring hope to Florence survivors

  Cross Creek subdivision lost dozens of homes due to Florence, gained a sense of community

  City council approves up to $27 million in bonds for Market North Apartments repairs

City leaders voted to allow Wilmington Housing Authority to issue up to $27 million in bonds to help repair Market North Apartments.

  Cross Creek family still living in camper one year after Florence

They say doors will be opened for those bold enough to knock.Hurricane Florence was bitterly bold; knocking down doors and leaving them open, not to opportunity, but to heartbreak.

Hurricane Florence packed a punch in the Cape Fear

Hurricane Florence is one of the most historic hurricanes to ever make landfall on the southeast coast of North Carolina.

  Former WECT reporter who confronted Family Dollar looters on live TV defends actions one year later

Former WECT reporter, Chelsea Donovan, who confronted Family Dollar looters on live TV defends her actions one year later

  WECT Investigates: Avoiding post-storm scams

Red flags to watch for and tips for how to avoid falling victim to post-storm scams.

  Stay or go? Many base evacuation decision on hurricane category alone

Residents across the Cape Fear Region faced the tough decision whether to evacuate or leave as Hurricane Florence crawled toward the Carolina coast. One year after Hurricane Florence, your First Alert Weather Team reflects on evacuation decisions.

  UNCW volunteers spread through the Port City for Day of Service

On the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Florence, there is still work to be done. Hurricane Dorian didn’t necessarily make that process any easier.

  Surf City breaks ground on new municipal complex

Town leaders celebrated Saturday as they broke ground on a new municipal complex for Surf City.

  Wilmington non-profit receives $400,000 for hurricane relief efforts

A Wilmington-based non-profit is set to receive $400,000 from the state to further Hurricane Florence relief work.

  North Carolina gets $51M in federal aid for storm damage

North Carolina will get some much-needed money to help with mounting repair costs the state has incurred in response to devastating hurricanes and other storms.

State AG wins judgment against tree-removal company accused of price gouging

The consent judgment bans Ohio-based Scotts Tree Service and defendants Scott Lacey and Randy Shannon from performing tree removal work in the state, prohibits them collecting $153,100 in outstanding invoices, and orders them to repay $20,000 in restitution, civil penalties, and fees.

  ’We want you to know we are with you’: Gov. Cooper visits Wilmington, talks Dorian recovery in shadow of Florence

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper visited the Port City Friday under sunny skies, just hours after Hurricane Dorian finally cleared the state’s Southeastern Coast.

Renovations under way on former Market North Apartments

An apartment complex badly damaged during Hurricane Florence last September is getting a makeover. Rehabilitation work is now underway on the former Market North Apartments.

  Owners submit plans to begin demolishing The Glen

Nearly 11 months after Hurricane Florence caused significant damage to one of Wilmington’s largest affordable apartment complexes, property owners have begun the process to tear them down.

  Stormwater repairs, Rail Realignment take focus at infrastructure-heavy Wilmington council meeting

Infrastructure issues dominated the agenda for Wilmington City Council’s first meeting of August.

  Market North Apartments sale has been finalized

Hurricane-battered Market North Apartments in Wilmington now has a new owner.

  Crisis counselors work to fill unmet needs in hurricane recovery

They offer free, no questions asked counseling services and work to connect people in need with appropriate community resources.

  Pender schools band together to help those still recovering

Dozens of families received boxes of food Wednesday, as The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina and Pender County Schools joined forces to help feed those still displaced and recovering from Hurricane Florence, from over 10 months ago.

$3.1 million available to help fund temporary jobs for Hurricane Florence recovery

More federal funding is now available for the temporary employment program that helps North Carolinians get back to work in areas heavily impacted by Hurricane Florence - specifically Robeson, Bladen, Hoke, Scotland and Richmond counties.

  Pender County releases Florence after action report, focuses on shelters, debris

This week, the county released its Hurricane Florence After Action Report, detailing the response to the storm, and what areas the county will attempt to improve before another event.

  Working Narratives: Giving voice and power to the forgotten (”1on1 with Jon Evans” podcast)

Some communities have recovered from Hurricane Florence. For others, the recovery may never end. The non-profit group Working Narratives received grant funding to ensure stories are told during the healing process, and the flow of vital information reaches the often forgotten areas of eastern NC.

  Surf City re-opens beach accesses and park months after Hurricane Florence

Surf City is celebrating a milestone in Hurricane Florence recovery as the town has officially re-opened all thirty-six beach accesses and a local park.

  Habitat for Humanity breaks ground on new home for Florence victim

Habitat for Humanity broke ground on another house meant for a new homeowner today.

  Furniture Finders in need of mattresses, dressers as residents displaced from Florence move home

As the long-term recovery from Hurricane Florence continues, organizations want community members to know they have not been forgotten.

  WECT Investigates: Oak Island property owners battle town over flooding issues

In Oak Island, 2018's record-setting rainfall exposed and exacerbated ongoing issues with the town’s stormwater system that are still in the process of being fixed.

A congregation finally back in their church home

The old saying goes, ‘The church is the people, not the building.’ But, having your own building feels more like home, and Pastor Clifford Barnett of Warner Temple AME Zion Church would agree.

Brunswick Co. Board of Education getting more than $1M in hurricane reimbursement

The Brunswick County Board of Education will be reimbursed nearly $1.4 million for Hurricane Florence-related expenses.

  Step Up for Soldiers, Monarch Roofing to build new roof for struggling Navy veteran

Ten months after his home was damaged in Hurricane Florence, Navy veteran Hank Weaver was chosen as the recipient for a free roof through a partnership between Step Up for Soldiers and Monarch Roofing.

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

The Homeless Continuum of Care works with volunteers to count the homeless in the area for a 24-hour period. After the 24-count in January, the final numbers and data are back and they show a rise in homelessness in the Cape Fear.

  Hope and a plan: Bladen County looks to repair White Oak Dike

Nine months later, the breaches in the dike remain mostly untouched — leaving the community vulnerable to future flooding.

  Student volunteers pay out of pocket to help repair hurricane-damaged homes

They are staying at West Columbus High School, sleeping in classrooms and showering in locker rooms.

  Vegetative debris from Florence enough to fill 917 Olympic-sized swimming pools transformed into mulch for use

In the weeks and months following Hurricane Florence, crews worked 12 hour days, 7-days a week to remove vegetative debris from New Hanover County, The City of Wilmington, and the surrounding beach towns.

  Group from Michigan on a mission to help Hampstead family rebuild

Ruth Best’s home in Hampstead was a hive of activity inside and out on Tuesday.

Federal, state money to pay for generators in several local communities

According to a news release from the NC Department of Public Safety, FEMA and the state approved around $1.4 million in funding for 24 generators.

  Pender High looks back on Florence recovery efforts

Pender High School has dedicated two sections of their 2018-2019 yearbook to Hurricane Florence.

  Mother of three moves out of hotel, into apartment nine months after Hurricane Florence

Tahtah Edwards and her three sons have a house to call home nine months after Hurricane Florence destroyed their home. Edwards and her sons lived in a 325 square foot hotel room for four months before moving into a home in Fayetteville Sunday.

  Non-profit teams up with roofing company to help a veteran in need

Having a sturdy roof over one's head is something many of us probably take for granted.

  Property managers learn new ways to prepare for hurricane season

Community Associations Institute NC hosted an Emergency Preparedness Down East meeting in downtown Wilmington Wednesday.

  Historic glass tiles found in downtown building form meaningful replacement pane

After Hurricane Florence hit downtown Wilmington, there was concern that a piece of the building at 210 North Front Street might never be restored to its original standard.

House approves $19.1 billion in disaster aid; Trump expected to sign bill

North Carolina Congressman David Rouzer said in a statement that members of the state’s farming community will benefit from the bill as they continue to recover from Hurricane Florence.

  Same space, new place: Downtown adds new hotel in its Historic District

3 years ago, Arrive Hotels made a plan to renovate and replace what is formerly known as The Wilmingtonian.

  Carolina Beach ice cream shop up and running after Hurricane Florence

Squigley’s Ice Cream Shoppe suffered less damage than many other places but just enough to force them to close their doors sooner than expected.

Health care facility damaged by hurricane gets donation from NC Medical Society Foundation

In Burgaw, storm damage forced a vital Pender County health care facility to close for eight days, and even after Black River Family Practice reopened, it took a while before it was able to be 100 percent operational.

Northside Bridgebuilders continue mission of helping those in need

Helping people get back on their feet after Hurricane Florence can be a full-time job, even if it's a job that doesn't pay much, or at all.

Options are available for residents who still need help post-Florence

North Carolinians who still have unmet needs due to Hurricane Florence may find help through other state and federal resources.

  Post-Florence study focuses on mental state of those affected by hurricane

The REACH study, which is federally funded, will investigate storm survivors’ adjustment and recovery in part through a survey of 300 hurricane-affected individuals residing in Bladen, Columbus, Robeson and Scotland counties.

  Disaster relief organization’s warehouse damaged in Sunday storm

The National Weather Service said straight-line wind damage is most likely to blame, but someone is expected investigate further Wednesday.

  Department of Insurance helps those in need of assistance after Florence

The Department of Insurance will be conducting disaster relief, flood insurance town hall meetings at 5 locations North Carolina this week. They will be informing the public about disaster relief and those still in need of assistance post Florence.

  Salvation Army to reopen emergency shelter

The Salvation Army’s Red Shield Emergency Shelter suffered damage during Hurricane Florence, forcing it to temporarily close until repairs could be made.More than six months after the storm, the shelter will reopen May 20, 2019, inviting guests and residents who need the services offered.

Jervay residents still searching for answers, ask city for help

As Hurricane Florence recovery continues, some Wilmington residents feel they’ve been left behind, and they want their elected officials to help.

  Congressman David Rouzer hosts Hurricane Florence recovery roundtable

Several residents voiced their frustrations with the recovery process, and many said they haven’t been able to return home eight months after the storm.

NOAA: $24 billion in damage from Florence, 9th most destructive in U.S. history

The National Hurricane Center has released the final report on Hurricane Florence.

  Surf City halts dune restoration project before completion

Crews ran out of time to repair all of the dunes along the beach.

  New Hanover County’s Emergency Action Plan ready for testing

Months after New Hanover County put out a 9-page report detailing how the county handled its response to Hurricane Florence, officials say any problems have been remedied.

  CAPE FEAR COMEBACK: Beloved Pender Co. restaurant reopens after hurricane destroyed kitchen, oceanfront deck

The parking lot at Buddy’s Crab House and Oyster Bar was full Tuesday, and even though a couple of workers were putting the finishing touches on the restaurant’s facade, owner Matt Wiles said the kitchen and bar are up and running, evidenced by a busy reopening day.

Out-of-state debt collector to pay $15K in penalties in Florence price-gouging lawsuit

State Attorney General Josh Stein has announced a $15,000 settlement against an out-of-state debt collection agency that illegally tried to collect money from Castle Hayne homeowners who were part of a Hurricane Florence-related price gouging lawsuit.

Campaign to help United Way raise $250,000 set for May 14

United Way teams up with local media outlets to raise $250,000

  Wilmington victim of hurricane price gouging finds justice

Anne Smith knew she was part of a price gouging scheme when her tree service kept raising the price of her tree removal by thousands of dollars after Hurricane Florence.