Hurricane Florence

  Nearly $240 million directed toward flood, storm damage reduction project in Surf City, North Topsail Beach

About $237 million will go toward a flood and storm damage reduction project in the Surf City/North Topsail Beach area.
  Oldest sanctuary in Southport still rebuilding after Hurricane Florence
  FEMA announces reimbursements for Holden Beach, Wilmington
  Disabled cancer survivor receives new roof after previous was destroyed by Florence
  Governor Cooper visits Columbus County family recovering from both Matthew and Florence
Brunswick Co. gets additional $1.3 million in reimbursements from FEMA
  Hurricane Florence and the memories of Mercer Avenue

Hurricane Florence and the memories of Mercer Avenue (”1on1 with Jon Evans” podcast)

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,

  VFW post looking to rebuild after being destroyed by Hurricane Florence

VFW post 2573 was hit hard during Hurricane Florence, and with each rainstorm, the building they once had so many memories in just gets worse and worse.

More on Hurricane Florence

  Volunteers still needed to help move furniture and clean up after Hurricane Florence

The Cape Fear Volunteer Center is looking for able-bodied people to help in any way they can to help get our community back to normal.

One Year Later: Widow reconnected with contractor who found husband’s ashes

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.

  Boiling Spring Lakes lost part of its identity in Hurricane Florence; it will cost millions to bring the water back

Boiling Spring Lakes lost its lakes in Hurricane Florence. Now, the community is losing its patience.
One Year Later: Owners unsure of Surf City business’ future after hurricane
  A year after Florence, students and staff at UNCW’s Dobo Hall still displaced

One Year Later: Restaurant remembers relief operations during Hurricane Florence

We really had no idea what the days following Florence were going to bring .... now we know ... a group of forever friends who have hearts full of love and generosity.

  Whiteville firefighters pressed on during Hurricane Florence, despite devastating conditions

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.
  Disaster recovery team continues restoring hope to Florence survivors
  Saffo, Wilmington stronger after Hurricane Florence
  Cross Creek family still living in camper one year after Florence

Hurricane Florence packed a punch in the Cape Fear

Hurricane Florence is one of the most historic hurricanes to ever make landfall on the southeast coast of North Carolina.

  Former WECT reporter who confronted Family Dollar looters on live TV defends actions one year later

Former WECT reporter, Chelsea Donovan, who confronted Family Dollar looters on live TV defends her actions one year later

  WECT Investigates: Avoiding post-storm scams

Red flags to watch for and tips for how to avoid falling victim to post-storm scams.

  Remembering Florence: a vast storm that dwarfed its low category

The eye of Hurricane Florence roared ashore at Wrightsville Beach on the infamous morning of Friday, September 14, 2018.

  Stay or go? Many base evacuation decision on hurricane category alone

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.

  Habitat for Humanity gives new homes to 4 families displaced by Florence

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.

  UNCW volunteers spread through the Port City for Day of Service

On the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Florence, there is still work to be done. Hurricane Dorian didn’t necessarily make that process any easier.

  Surf City breaks ground on new municipal complex

Town leaders celebrated Saturday as they broke ground on a new municipal complex for Surf City.

  Wilmington non-profit receives $400,000 for hurricane relief efforts

A Wilmington-based non-profit is set to receive $400,000 from the state to further Hurricane Florence relief work.

  County hopes to fix clogged culverts that led to recent Ogden flooding

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.

  Cooper attends NCDOT update on U.S. 421, a year after Florence

Governor Roy Cooper will be visiting the section of U.S. 421, Tuesday, that was washed out during Hurricane Florence.

  Congregation displaced by Florence returns to sanctuary nearly a year later

Christian Chapel Missionary Baptist Church opened the doors to their sanctuary with a sigh of relief Sunday.

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

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.

  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.

  NCDOT gets $1.8 million reimbursement from FEMA, state

The funds will reimburse the NCDOT for emergency response and protective measures.

  Crisis counselors work to fill unmet needs in hurricane recovery

They offer free, no questions asked counseling services and work to connect people in need with appropriate community resources.

  The facts and figures on fuel you need to know about when a hurricane hits

GasBuddy reveals how quickly gas stations run out of fuel and get replenished when a hurricane hits.

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

This week, the county released its Hurricane Florence After Action Report, detailing the response to the storm, and what areas the county will attempt to improve before another event.

  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

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.

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

In Oak Island, 2018's record-setting rainfall exposed and exacerbated ongoing issues with the town’s stormwater system that are still in the process of being fixed.

  Businesses starting to see rise in tourism

Hurricane Florence has come and gone. Around the city, it’s hard to see any physical damage still left, but the impact went far beyond Wilmington.

  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.

New Hanover Co. reimbursed additional $3 million by FEMA, state

A total of $13.5 million has been approved by FEMA for the county’s hurricane-related costs.

  River Place development in downtown Wilmington on track for completion in 2020

River Place is a multi-use project providing residential, retail and a parking garage for residents and visitors of downtown Wilmington.

  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

Community Associations Institute NC hosted an Emergency Preparedness Down East meeting in downtown Wilmington Wednesday.

  NHC School Board apologizes to bus drivers for late notice about pay

Bus drivers in New Hanover County will not be receiving pay the week of June 10.

  National Weather Service holds hurricane preparedness talk

National Weather Service meteorologist Tim Armstrong spoke at the Cape Fear Museum Sunday, about being prepared for the hurricane season that started June 1.

  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.