Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence repairs underway on Henry Street

Crews are making repairs to drainage pipes beneath Henry Street as part of a second phase of Hurricane Florence repairs to city infrastructure.
  New Hanover County co-hosting session for National Flood Insurance Program
  Owners submit plans to begin demolishing The Glen
  NCDOT gets $1.8 million reimbursement from FEMA, state
  Crisis counselors work to fill unmet needs in hurricane recovery
  The facts and figures on fuel you need to know about when a hurricane hits
  Pender County releases Florence after action report, focuses on shelters, debris

  Hundreds line up for Hurricane Expo in Wilmington

Hundreds of residents lined up to receive information from dozens of groups on how to prep, power through and recover in the possibility of another hurricane.

  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.
Four County Electric receiving more than $11 million in FEMA reimbursement
  WECT Investigates: Oak Island property owners battle town over flooding issues
  Businesses starting to see rise in tourism

More on Hurricane Florence

  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.

  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.

  Crush and Grind to re-open after 9 months of rebuilding

On Monday, Crush and Grind will open it’s doors for the first time in nearly 9 months.
  Property managers learn new ways to prepare for hurricane season
  NHC School Board apologizes to bus drivers for late notice about pay
  National Weather Service holds hurricane preparedness talk

  Coast Guard holds Public Safety Day on start of hurricane season

The Coast Guard in Oak Island held their 14th Public Safety Day Saturday, representing first responders in both Brunswick and New Hanover counties.

FEMA approves $1.6 million to reimburse Leland for debris removal

FEMA has approved the reimbursement of more than $1.6 million to the Town of Leland for debris removal in the wake of Hurricane Florence.

  Red Cross in need of volunteers for disaster relief response

The Cape Fear Area Chapter of the American Red Cross is in need of volunteers to respond to disaster. The agency will offer a two-day training session for anyone interested in volunteering.

Miss Victory Sunshine crowned Perfect Pinup Wilmington 2019

Nine women competing for the crown in the Perfect Pinup Wilmington contest raised thousands to help victims of Hurricane Florence.

  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.

  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.

  First responders work together to repair home damaged by Hurricane Florence

Wilmington Fire Department, New Hanover County Fire, and New Hanover Regional EMS will be out at a build site on Dock St. to help a man whose house was damaged by the storm.

  Habitat for Humanity builds fortified home against hurricanes

Women from UNCW volunteered with Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity to help build the organization's first fortified home against hurricanes and wind storms.

  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.

  Mayor Saffo pushing national lawmakers for funds to protect infrastructure from future storms

Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo is in Washington, D.C. advocating for more hurricane relief assistance

  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

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.

UNCW grad student hopes his Florence research will benefit future flood preparation

Christopher Hidalgo, a graduate student at UNCW, believes his research on Hurricane Florence flooding will benefit North Carolina in future hurricane preparation.

  Carolina Beach updates Emergency Operation Plan

The town of Carolina beach has updating their Emergency Operation Plan ahead of the 2019 hurricane season. The previous plan was written in 2016, and it was time for that update.

  Kure Beach town leaders listen to residents’ concerns on storm water drainage

Residents who attend town council meeting Monday, in Kure Beach, got a chance to voice their concerns about the ongoing issue of water drainage after storms.

  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

  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.

  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.

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.

  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.

  Wilmington firefighters recognized for heroic effort during Hurricane Florence

The Sons of the American Revolution recognized Wilmington firefighters at Station 2 Thursday for their “heroic efforts to rescue a family of three when they were crushed by a tree that had fallen through their residence during Hurricane Florence.”

  Chancellor provides update on work on UNCW campus

Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli provided an update on the work to repair damage caused by the devastating storm.

  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.

  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

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.

  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.

Fair Bluff police department, town hall, move into newly renovated headquarters

Fair Bluff town hall and police department move into newly renovated space

  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.