Officials: "There is basically no access into the city of Wilmington"

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - The following are several key points made at the Sunday afternoon news conference from the New Hanover County Emergency Operations Center.

  • There is basically no access into the city of Wilmington, according to New Hanover County Board of Commissioners Chair Woody White.  Those who evacuated should wait to return.
  • The county has been in contact with the state for additional law enforcement.
  • Logistics are underway to deliver food and water into the area by air.
  • The New Hanover County 911 center went down early Sunday, but calls rolled over to Raleigh without incident. This was part of the county's emergency plan.
  • Countywide curfew is now sun-down to sun-up.
  • Two new shelters will open: Hoggard High School opens Sunday at 5pm.  It will be a pet co-location site and accommodate 1387 people.
  • UNCW may be the second additional shelter site.  Details still being finalized.
  • CFPUA has secured enough diesel to avoid a cut-off of water supply services within the next 48 hours.
  • Debris removal may be delayed due to weather.
  • There have been 465 car and home rescues this weekend in New Hanover County.

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