NEED TO KNOW: Florence Recovery Information

  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.

  Crisis counselors work to fill unmet needs in hurricane recovery

  Pender schools band together to help those still recovering

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

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

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

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

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  Habitat for Humanity breaks ground on new home for Florence victim

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

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

A congregation finally back in their church home

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

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

  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

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

  Pender High looks back on Florence recovery efforts

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

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

  Property managers learn new ways to prepare for hurricane season

  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.

  Pender County students present mural to rescue officials for work during Florence

Students at West Pender Middle School presented a unique thank you gift today to the Pender County Fire and EMS teams for their work during Hurricane Florence.

  Cooper announces $12.2M in crisis counseling for Florence survivors

Governor Roy Cooper announced Friday that $12.2 million in grant funds will be used to expand crisis counseling services to Hurricane Florence survivors in 28 counties, including those in southeastern North Carolina.

  New Hanover County’s Coastal Fitness Challenge canceled due to weather

NHC's Parks and Gardens Department is hosting the second annual event at Ogden Park on Saturday, April 13.

  Former residents fear Market North property will be sold

Property managers from the Market North housing community have yet to answer WECT’s specific questions on status of the property. With no evidence of repair work evident and no permits filed with the county, rumors continue to circulate among former residents that the Market North property will be s

  Attorney General files lawsuit against Florida tree-removal company for alleged price gouging in Wilmington area

Attorney General Josh Stein filed a lawsuit Thursday against Jacksonville, Fla.-based Canary Tree Service and its owner Justin Hartmann for allegedly price gouging Wilmington-area homeowners after Hurricane Florence.

  Wilmington church replaces steeple damaged in Hurricane Florence

During Hurricane Florence, a big gust of wind knocked over the steeple at Covenant Church and sent it flying yards away.

  Concerns about future of Market North Apartments grow, still no evidence or records for repair work

Concerns about the future of the Market North Apartments, a subsidized, low-income housing community in Wilmington, are growing despite claims from property management that repair work is taking place.

  Giving the gift of life: Pender Co. foster brothers displaced after hurricane prepare to go under the knife

In 48 hours, a pair of foster brothers will go under the knife and while they may not be related by blood, they will soon be united by possibly an even stronger bond.

  Pender County student excels academically despite being displaced by Hurricane Florence

Cody Bollinger is one of the nearly 800 students in Pender County Schools still displaced after Hurricane Florence made landfall in September 2018.

  Cape Fear Comeback: Harbor Way Gardens makes debut on Azalea Garden Tour despite Hurricane Florence damage

The Harbor Island Garden Club, along with the help of the Town of Wrightsville Beach, spent countless hours cleaning up the park just in time for the Azalea Garden Tour.

  New Hanover County hosts workshop focused on needs of children in disasters

As New Hanover County continues to recover from Hurricane Florence, a team of disaster planning experts met Thursday to create a plan aimed at protecting the community’s children when the next disaster strikes.

Group says hurricane recovery in Pender County will take eight years

Pender County was one of the hardest hit areas in the state and they are still working on recovering six months later. Pender County Long Term Recovery Group works with thousands of families to connect them to nonprofit agencies such as Baptist Men, WARM, and Catholic Charities.

  Boiling Spring Lakes won’t see water in lakes until 2020

Boiling Spring Lakes City hall held a meeting discussing updates on Florence recovery Tuesday evening. A major problem the city has been fixing are the five dams that were breached during the storm

  UPDATE: Lutheran Services Carolinas, residents step up to help couple still displaced in motel after Florence

One week after WECT first told the story of Keith Hester, religious organizations and kind strangers have stepped up to help.

  United Way Worldwide discusses recovery efforts post Florence

Leaders in post hurricane recovery will meet April 2 with United Way Worldwide US President, Mary Sellers, to talk recovery efforts post Florence.

  Hundreds attend annual NC tourism conference

Over 500 professionals in the tourism industry from across North Carolina are welcomed at the 2019 Visit North Carolina 365 Conference. The event is taking place at the Wilmington Convention Center form March 31-April 2.

Surf City bar owner finally opens business after Florence takes it all

Brent Herring sold everything he had to open his dream business, 10th Street Bar, last May. But hurricane Florence set him back, keeping him closed for five months.

UPDATE: Porters Neck Country Club in 'dire financial straits,’ sues insurance company for not covering Hurricane Florence damage

Porters Neck Country Club is taking legal action against its insurance company, claiming it owes the club more than $5 million to cover property damage from Hurricane Florence.

Wilmington fish markets finally back on track for summer

Wilmington fish markets are finally experiencing business as usual.

  Gov. Cooper visits Wilmington to talk hurricane recovery

Governor Roy Cooper was in Wilmington on Tuesday to visit locations affected by Hurricane Florence.

  ‘We’ll find somewhere to live one way or another’: Florence victim still living in motel sheds light on affordable housing problem

FEMA transitional sheltering assistance (TSA), the program that paid for hotel or motel rooms as emergency sheltering for Florence survivors ended March 12. Two weeks later, Keith Hester and his wife are still living in the single motel room they have spent the last six months in.

Celebrating downtown Wilmington’s growth and transformation six months after Hurricane Florence

Governor Roy Cooper, Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo, and other community leaders come together for Wilmington Downtown Incorporated's Economic Series program Tuesday.

Cape Fear Comeback: Community rolls on after Hurricane Florence

The Topsail Beach Skating Rink opened Friday night for the first time since Hurricane Florence.