NEED TO KNOW: Florence Recovery Information

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.

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

  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

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  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

  Cross Creek family still living in camper one year after Florence

Hurricane Florence packed a punch in the Cape Fear

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

  WECT Investigates: Avoiding 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

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

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

Renovations under way on former Market North Apartments

  Owners submit plans to begin demolishing The Glen

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

  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.

  Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site museum to re-open to public Saturday

The visitor’s center and museum at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site will re-open to the public Saturday after being closed for more than eight months due to Hurricane Florence damage.

Oliver’s restaurant reopens after reconstruction from Florence damage

After 7 months of renovation, restaurant and Southport staple, Oliver’s, has finally reopened just in time for summer.

  Area schools get share of $2M federal grant to aid hurricane recovery

State Superintendent Mark Johnson announced Wednesday that North Carolina has received a $2 million federal grant that will aid continued hurricane recovery efforts for schools across the state.

  Tree-removal company forced to pay restitution, fines after Florence price-gouging suit

A Wake County superior court judge had ordered a Lexington-based tree removal company to pay thousands of dollars in restitution and fines after accusations of price gouging in the Wilmington area following Hurricane Florence.

  Neighborhood healthcare provider reopens after Hurricane Florence

Two to three feet of water flooded G & G Healthcare on South Madison Street in downtown Whiteville following the hurricane.

Family Dollar now reopened after hurricane, looting

The store has made a recovery over 7 months after the storm.

  Cape Fear Comeback: Varno’s Musical Instrument Repair reopens after Florence

Varno’s Musical Instrument Repair reopened this week after six months of being closed because of Hurricane Florence.

Colbert donates more than $400,000 from book sales to N.C. hurricane relief

In a Facebook post Thursday night, Gov. Roy Cooper showed a check for $412,412 from the host of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

  State extends STEP program for houses damaged by Florence

More than 200 families soon will be able to return to their homes while they rebuild from the effects of Hurricane Florence.

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

It’s an Irish delight that’s been absent for the past six months on Pleasure Island.

  FEMA approves $17.5 million reimbursement to Wilmington for debris removal

FEMA has approved to reimburse the City of Wilmington more than $17.5 million for debris removal in the wake of Hurricane Florence.

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

A proposed Florida bill is aiming to punish dog owners with fines or jail time if pets are abandoned during hurricanes.

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

Hurricane Florence may have pushed the Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues and Jazz festival back, but it didn’t cancel it.

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

Lester Holt, anchor of NBC Nightly News, recalls an emotional scene he witnessed covering Hurricane Florence in Wilmington

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

Tahtah Edwards’ entire life is contained in 325 square feet.