Pender County Updates 9-20

The NCDOT is warning drivers not to drive on Highway 421 near the New Hanover and Pender County line. CLICK HERE for the full story with more info.


US 421 closed due to flooding

You are still unable to access I40 from Wilmington to exits 373, or Hwy 210 to Hampstead.

The Highway Patrol urges motorists to avoid the area. It could be days before the road is opened for throughway traffic.

Pender County Emergency Management will post updates on the Facebook page at facebook.com/penderem and on the website http://www.penderem.com. If you need assistance call the EM office at 910- 259-1210.

Check road closures and alternate routes here https://tims.ncdot.gov/tims/



CommWell Health will be placing a medical mobile unit at our Penderlea practice location at 5531 Eleanor Roosevelt Lane in Willard NC (28479). We will begin operations there on Monday September 24, 2018 from 8-5 Monday thru Friday. We will provide our normal medical services from the mobile unit for our current patients and any other people in the community who seek medical care. We will also be offering hurricane relief supplies, such as hygiene kits, bug spray, water, and other items as they become available to anyone in the community who needs them. We are currently working with Direct Relief to secure Tesla generators to connect to the office building to operate lights, though probably not air conditioning. We will notify you when/if generators are operational and at that time the building will be available to you for any community distributions of supplies and materials that you may need to distribute in this part of Pender county. CommWell Health is here to support the residents of Pender county in any way we can. Please feel free to contact me for any questions or needs.

Source: https://www.facebook.com/PenderCounty/


Pender County Solid Waste Sites open to ALL Pender County residents

BURGAW – After Hurricane Florence, Pender County is on a long road to recovery. Pender County Utilities opened the county’s solid waste collection centers Sept. 20 for HOUSEHOLD GARBAGE ONLY.

“We worked hard to restore power to our sites for the compactors,” said Kenny Keel, Pender County Utilities director. “As Pender County empties refrigerators and begins cleaning following Hurricane Florence, we are opening these sites for household garbage only.”

Residents who use the sites for recycle only will be permitted to drop their household waste at the convenience sites.

“It’s a health issue,” said David Williams, Pender County Commissioner. “Spoiled foods should be desposed properly and quickly.”

No other wastes can be accepted at this time, until further notice.

Debris from the storm and vegetative matter will not be accepted at the site. The county has hired a debris contractor for collection of those materials.

• Burgaw Convenience Center, 3088 New Savannah Rd.
• Shiloh Convenience Center, 19690 US 421
• Atkinson Convenience Center, 5128 Point Caswell

The following sites opened on Sept. 19 and remain open daily 7am to 7pm (open and closing times may vary slightly):

· Hampstead Convenience Center/Transfer Station, 250 Transfer Station Road
· Surf City Convenience Center, 360 J.H. Batts Road
· Rocky Point Convenience Center, 16232 NC Hwy 210

Further information on other sites will be made available as soon as possible.

Source: https://www.facebook.com/PenderCounty/


ROUTES: NCDOT Reopening Coastal Ferry Service to Public Along More Routes
State ferries also being used to transport emergency resources to help in storm recovery

RALEIGH – Ferry service for the public has resumed for several more coastal routes, and two state ferries arrived in Southport late Tuesday evening after traveling 14 hours down the Intracoastal Waterway carrying much-needed fuel, transportation workers and supplies to the Wilmington area.

The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division has reopened coastal service along the following routes:

• Southport to Fort Fisher routes resumed Wednesday on a limited schedule for Brunswick County residents and essential vendors, people with critical medical and commerce responsibilities, and infrastructure support personnel. NCDOT will announce when service for visitors resumes.

• Cherry Branch to Minnesott Beach ferry service resumed Wednesday for daytime trips only.

• Bayview to Aurora ferry services resumed Tuesday evening.

• Currituck to Knotts Island ferry service resumed full service on Sept. 15.

• Swan Quarter to Ocracoke Island ferry service resumed on a limited schedule for essential personnel and residents on Sept. 16. The ferry is now making five trips a day between Swan Quarter and Ocracoke. Ferry service for tourists visiting Ocracoke Island is scheduled to resume on Friday morning.

• Cedar Island to Ocracoke resumed limited service for essential personnel and residents of Ocracoke on Tuesday and will resume service for tourists on Friday.

For a full schedule of all ferry routes, visit NCDOT’s Ferry Division webpage.

All routes must be deemed safe and must have approval from the U.S. Coast Guard before the NCDOT Ferry Division can resume service for the public. NCDOT will notify the public as soon as those decisions have been made.

The ferry service between Hatteras and Ocracoke Island is being used to shuttle essential emergency responders from Hyde County and NCDOT workers and transportation equipment to help clear N.C. 12, which was damaged and made impassable on the northern end of Ocracoke Island.

As in past storms, some ferries are also being used to carry needed supplies to impacted areas with limited access by road. The M/V Southport and M/V Fort Fisher, which are vessels normally stationed at Southport, were moved to safe harbor in Cherry Branch before Hurricane Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach on Sept. 14. On Tuesday morning, the two ferries started a 14-hour trek back to Southport carrying fuel, transportation employees and equipment to help clear roads in the Wilmington area. The two ferries arrived late Tuesday night.

2-1-1 Call Line Open 24/7 for People in Need of Help

The statewide information line can provide callers with nearby shelter, housing and other storm-related details. Dial 2-1-1 or 888-892-1162, or text Florence to 898211. The information line is staffed around the clock to connect North Carolinians to storm resources.

The North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund is available for donations to support North Carolina’s response to Hurricane Florence.

To donate, visit governor.nc.gov or text FLORENCE to 20222.

Download the Ready NC app, visit ncdps.gov/Florence or follow NC Emergency Management on Facebook and Twitter.

Source: https://www.ncdps.gov/Florence


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