It’s the image many people remember from Hurricane Florence. A group of Wilmington firefighters gathered along the street in prayer after saving a father, and learning they could not save his wife and infant son. More than a year later, those men share their memories and emotions from that day,
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.
The Whiteville Fire Department couldn’t take their trucks out after more than two feet of rain had fallen, but that didn’t stop them from answering the hundreds of calls. Relentless rain, winds and tornadoes knocked down trees and power lines during Hurricane Florence’s wrath.
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.
Four families had their homes taken away via Hurricane Florence. But, one year later, a day of tragedy has turned into a day of celebration as Habitat for Humanity dedicated completed homes to four Wilmington families displaced by the storm.
WECT found out Hurricane Florence caused significant damage to the drainage system for that area and has still not been fixed. The county is waiting for an influx of cash from the federal government, and residents are left hoping it gets here before it’s too late.
New Hanover County is co-hosting it’s annual information session with Flood Risk Provider Wednesday, August 14th. Neighbors can learn about the National Flood Insurance Program and how properties can be prepared to qualify for flood insurance discounts.
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.
FEMA and the state of North Carolina announced Tuesday that Four County Electric Membership Cooperative will be reimbursed more than $11.2 million to help with the cost of damages caused by the hurricane.
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.
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.
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.