Hurricane Florence

  Drain on the system: Stormwater infrastructure in focus in the wake of Florence

As development continues, the stormwater system will be subjected to greater and greater pressure, and experts say the importance of intentional management will have long-term effects on both the environment and quality of life for city residents.
  Neighborhood healthcare provider reopens after Hurricane Florence
Family Dollar now reopened after hurricane, looting
  Carolina Beach updates Emergency Operation Plan
  Kure Beach town leaders listen to residents’ concerns on storm water drainage

  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.

  Rabbi Emily Losben-Ostrov to become first female Rabbi installed in the Temple of Israel’s 147 year history

She has presided over the Temple congregation since July but her installation was delayed due to damage to the Temple from Hurricane Florence. The hurricane caused about $100,000 in damage to the Temple.

More on 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.
  Wilmington firefighters recognized for heroic effort during Hurricane Florence
  Chancellor provides update on work on UNCW campus

  Surf City pier repairs set to be done by end of the month

Construction has been taking place since after Hurricane Florence, and repairs are almost complete.

  NC Schools Superintendent visits Town Creek Elementary six months to the day after Florence hit

The roof at Town Creek Elementary caved in during the storm, and there was widespread damage to classrooms, not to mention the all too common issue of dealing with mold after so much water damage.
  Friendship forms after Hurricane Florence

  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.

  Seed initiative helps local farmers recovering from Florence restore fields

A lot of farm land was devastated during and post Hurricane Florence. The wind knocked trees and crops over and damaged equipment, while the flood waters killed the forage. It’s been several months now since the hurricane made landfall along our coast, yet some farmers are still feeling the impacts.

Shellfish aquaculture took hard hit from Hurricane Florence

Heavy rain from the hurricane caused solidity in the water to drop to harmful and potentially lethally low levels. Adult oysters weren’t as affected, even though many suffered severe stress.

  Fair Bluff awarded $2.5 million in loan, grant money for hurricane recovery

The Town of Fair Bluff was award $2.5 million in grant and loan money to help with Hurricane Florence recovery, Gov. Roy Cooper announced Thursday.

  Local leaders lobby for more hurricane recovery support

The Eastern NC Disaster Recovery & Resiliency Alliance, consisting of local government and regional Chamber of Commerce leaders, unveiled “a set of priorities for lawmakers to consider as the state’s new budget is being developed.”

  Wilmington faces over $31 million in Florence-related expenses, waiting for FEMA reimbursement

City staff gave the Wilmington City Council an update of the damage and financial costs due to Hurricane Florence.

  Nature preserve gets facelift after Florence

Many people are still recovering from Hurricane Florence, and the storm didn’t just take a toll on homes. It also hit nature preserves. Two groups teamed up to clean up the Ev-Henwood Nature Preserve Sunday.

  Blockade Runner reopens after fixing rooms, property damaged by Hurricane Florence

The Blockade Runner Beach Resort, which has welcomed guests to Wrightsville Beach for 55 years, reopened Friday after fixing much of the damage from Hurricane Florence.

  Rouzer says office can do little to help with White Oak Dike, will look at flood mitigation

As the people of Kelly and greater Bladen County look at what can be done to protect the community from future floods, options are limited.

  Millions of dollars are needed to repair the White Oak Dike, but where will the money come from?

It will cost millions to repair the White Oak Dike, and as of right now, officials are unsure of how those repairs would be paid for.

  Failure to Protect: Decades of dike’s neglect leave residents with unanswered questions

WECT investigates the history of the White Oak Dike, and how decades of miscommunication put hundreds of people at risk during and after Hurricane Florence.

  Surf City, FEMA at odds on state of restoring beaches after hurricane

FEMA is pushing back on claims from the Town of Surf City that it is "not protecting its citizens’ best interests” when it comes to restoring the beaches of the Pender County community in the wake of Hurricane Florence.

  A coalition of lawyers helps Florence survivors combat FEMA

Pro Bono lawyers helped victims of Hurricane Florence file FEMA appeals and reconsiderations, also to assist people in how to better understand why they got turned away from FEMA.

  Surf City working to rebuild beach areas hit hardest by hurricane

The Town of Surf City has teamed up with TI Coastal Services to assess locations along the dune systems hit hardest by Hurricane Florence.

  Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity partners with local church

ape Fear Habitat for Humanity has partnered with Saint Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church to build 4 homes.

NC fishermen to receive $11M in Hurricane Florence relief

North Carolina commercial fishermen hit hard by Hurricane Florence will soon get relief as part of $11.6 million being distributed by the state’s Division of Marine Fisheries.

  Led Zeppelin tribute band No Quarter playing hurricane relief concert at Wilson Center

The Led Zeppelin tribute band No Quarter will bring its music and stage show to the Wilson Center on the campus of Cape Fear Community College on Saturday night, February 2, 2019. Proceeds from the show will benefit CFCC students impacted by Hurricane Florence.

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

The Homeless Continuum of Care works with volunteers to count the homeless in the area for a 24-hour period.

  Landfill’s lifespan ‘drastically reduced’ as Florence recovery, area growth squeeze resources

Months after Florence, high volumes of debris and other materials are causing long lines and space concerns at the New Hanover County landfill.

  Time running out for hurricane survivors to apply for hazard mitigation grants

Those who experienced damage from Hurricane Florence are eligible to apply for hazard mitigation grants funded by FEMA and facilitated through state emergency management.

  Months after storm, who will pay for debris removal in gated neighborhoods still up in the air

One of the requirements FEMA has an issue with is whether or not the removal was “in the public interest."

  Recovery effort continues with Florence summit

A free summit to benefit residents recovering from Hurricane Florence will be held in Wilmington on Saturday.

  Roofer fixing other homes while his home is condemned, damaged beyond repair by hurricane

Mike Powers reluctantly calls Wilmington home. It’s all he knows, but he longs for his family and the peace and quiet of his beloved Riegelwood in Columbus County.

  Police officer says contractor failed to complete hurricane work, stole tools after Florence

Burgaw police officer Calvin Newton Jr., who is also a part-time deputy sheriff in Pender County, has been displaced from his home since Sept. 14, 2018 - the day Hurricane Florence blew through.

  East Boiling Spring Road opened Monday, but construction planned again in March

Well-traveled East Boiling Spring Road at Pine Lake reopened to regular traffic Monday afternoon.

  Government shutdown affects family’s rebuilding efforts after hurricane

Monday marks Day 31 of the partial government shutdown, and missed paychecks don’t just mean pinching pennies to get food on the table. It is also affecting Hurricane Florence cleanup efforts.

  Crowd learns about home buyout program for houses ruined by hurricane floodwaters

More than 150 people packed the Pender County Commissioners chambers on Tuesday night for an acquisition buyout workshop. If approved, the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program can include money for a home’s elevation, acquisition buyout, or mitigation construction.

  Pender County church helps hurricane victims with free clothing drive this weekend

Lighthouse Worship Center works to give people a sense of normalcy 4 months after Florence.

  Get tips, advice on how to make your home flood resistant

FEMA is hosting a community mitigation resiliency workshop in Leland on Thursday, Jan. 17.

Gov. Cooper urges Hurricane Florence victims to sign up for STEP

The Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power program provides temporary repairs at no cost to homeowners

Residents cautiously optimistic that section of major road in Boiling Spring Lakes will reopen by mid-January

After Hurricane Florence caused a destructive washout, permanent repairs to one section of E. Boiling Spring Road in Boiling Spring Lakes are scheduled to be completed by mid-January, but permanent fixes to infrastructure, including pipes and dams, will not be completed until June 2020.

Get information about rebuilding your home after Hurricane Florence

Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity is hosting an information session in Wallace for homeowners affected by Hurricane Florence.

  ‘All I want for Christmas is a trailer,’ residents of White Stocking plead for donations

A FEMA spokesperson said Friday that 120 FEMA trailers have been delivered to Pender County, including White Stocking but residents here say they haven’t seen them.

Mounds of hurricane debris still on roadsides in Pender County

It’s hard to drive parts of Pender County and not notice the mountains. The problem is they’re not rolling hills of green. They’re mounds of trash and hurricane debris on the side of the road.

  Ho hum holiday for some local retailers grateful to be open after Hurricane Florence

It’s been a ho-hum holiday for many local business owners this Christmas season. The blame isn’t being placed on the economy, it’s being placed on Florence.

  Home for Christmas: Family displaced by Florence moves back in for holiday

Like the other 43 Stoney Creek residents whose homes were damaged during Florence, the recovery process has been a slow and expensive one.