NEED TO KNOW: Florence Recovery Information

  Pender High looks back on Florence recovery efforts

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

  Property managers learn new ways to prepare for hurricane season

  Historic glass tiles found in downtown building form meaningful replacement pane

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

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

  Carolina Beach ice cream shop up and running after Hurricane Florence

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

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Northside Bridgebuilders continue mission of helping those in need

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

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

  Disaster relief organization’s warehouse damaged in Sunday storm

  Department of Insurance helps those in need of assistance after Florence

  Salvation Army to reopen emergency shelter

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

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

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

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

  Wilmington victim of hurricane price gouging finds justice

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

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.

Volunteers work to restore Airlie Gardens’ ‘Mystery Grave’

Volunteers from the Cape Fear Garden Club worked Friday morning to restore Airlie Gardens’ “Mystery Grave,” which suffered extensive damage during Hurricane Florence.

FEMA says all eligible hurricane survivors have been housed

Those in need of direct housing — travel trailers and manufactured homes — are in those structures, FEMA said.

  Group ‘committed to a full recovery’ for Pender Co. people affected by hurricane

The Pender County Long Term Recovery Group is asking for volunteers, grants, and donations to continue its efforts to help victims of Hurricane Florence.

  Failure to Protect: Citizens demand answers regarding White Oak Dike

Exactly six months after the White Oak Dike breached and sent floodwaters spilling into the community of Kelly, the small community’s residents took their local elected officials to task.

  NHC Board of Commissioners approves plans for handling future hurricanes

Making emergency plans for the next hurricane to hit southeastern North Carolina does not have to wait until the storm starts churning offshore.

  Renovated Shell Island Resort reopens after closing for Hurricane Florence

On Monday, Shell Island released photos of the renovated lobby, hallway, restaurant and bar, oceanview ballroom and soundview ballroom.

  Kure Beach woman makes St. Patrick’s Day signs for Whitestocking road

Pamela O’Quinn set out to help the neighbors in Whitestocking in October by making holiday signs requesting help after being flooded out by Hurricane Florence. She’s made signs for Christmas, Valentine’s Day and now St. Patrick’s Day.

  ‘A lot of people are falling through the cracks’: Switching Gears Bicycle Ministry helping others after losing everything to Florence

Six months after Hurricane Florence hit the North Carolina coast, one man is working to make sure victims are not forgotten despite losing everything himself.

  Bald Head Woods Reserve partially reopens after Florence

Bald Head Woods Reserve, located on Bald Head Island, is now partially open to visitors six months after Hurricane Florence swept through the region.

  NC Baptist Men pledge to continue repair work after STEP program for hurricane victims ends April 2

Mike Moser isn’t going to let a governmental decision get in the way of a promise he made after Hurricane Florence hit southeastern North Carolina.

  Friendship forms after Hurricane Florence

John Guthrie stumbled upon Diego Perez and his wife bringing supplies to people after the storm. Guthrie asked to help, and the two hopped in kayaks and paddled down White Marsh Road.

  Disabled Florence victim facing eviction from hotel gets 10-day reprieve

Lynn Miller hasn’t lived in a permanent home for six months. She’s been staying at the Mainstay Suites for the last four months thanks to FEMA’s Transitional Sheltering Program. With nowhere to go, Miller received a notice that she needed to be out of the hotel by 1 p.m. Wednesday.

  Popular restaurant rebuilding after Hurricane Florence thanks to customers’ help

A customer’s loyalty can mean everything to a business, and in the case of one area restaurant, it meant keeping the business afloat.

  Displaced residents move into new housing before FEMA’s Transitional Sheltering program ends

FEMA’s Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program ends on March 13. Residents using the program moved out of the hotels they’ve been living in for five months, and into other housing FEMA set up for them.

Dozens of residents attend Surf City Dune workshop to talk about restoration

Surf City’s welcome center was a packed house Saturday with people to discuss upcoming sand dune restoration after the dunes were washed away by Hurricane Florence.

  Pender Co. gives away tree seedlings to help rebuild vegetation after Florence

Hurricane Florence took out a lot of trees in southeastern North Carolina, and Pender County offered residents a chance to restore them Friday.

  Wilmington Response creating jobs for workers displaced by Hurricane Florence

Founder Nick Hiteshew says thanks to an NCWorks Grant, Wilmington Response is able to employ between 30 and 35 full-time workers in case management, supply management, and distribution roles.

  Pender County reimbursed nearly $4M for storm debris removal

Pender County hired contractors to remove vegetation and other debris from public rights of way after the storm. The work was completed Nov. 5.

Hurricane survivors get information on housing assistance, repairs at resource fair

Survivors displaced by Hurricane Florence in need of housing assistance or repairs got information at a housing resource fair Tuesday in the Oleander Room of the Northeast Library in Wilmington.

  What’s open and what’s not after Hurricane Florence

Six months after Hurricane Florence, southeastern North Carolina continues to fight back day by day.

  Hurricane survivors frustrated with nowhere to go after FEMA transitional sheltering assistance deadline approaches

Vincent Yates has been living at a hotel that FEMA transitional sheltering assistance but him since his home is unlivable due to hurricane damage. However, Yates, along with hundreds of other community members could end up homeless when FEMA’s TSA ends March 12.