The City of Southport

Hurricane Isaias Updates

The City of Southport is making plans to keep its citizens as safe as possible.  Please heed their advice and use the precautions that are recommended.  The Southport Fire Department will be the Emergency Operations Center (910-457-7915) for the hurricane.  Please use this link for the most up to date information.  https://www.facebook.com/SouthportNCemergency/

2020 Hurricane Season Update

Joseph P. Hatem, MD, MPH
Medical Director Dosher Emergency Department
UNC School of Public Health Master Degree
Mayor City of Southport

Up to Date Hurricane Isaias Information for the City of Southport

September 10, 2020 – Storm debris pickup began August 20th and still continues.  The final day to have storm debris curbside is September 18th.  Any storm debris put out after the 18th is the homeowners responsibility.  Trash and yard debris will be picked up at the regularly scheduled times.

August 18, 2020 – STORM DEBRIS PICKUP BEGINS THURSDAY, AUGUST 20, 2020

August 14, 2020 – LAST UPDATE FROM SPD WITH REGARDS TO HURRICANE RECOVERY/PROGRESS.

• REMINDER – DO NOT CROSS areas that are closed off by ORANGE NETTING, CAUTION TAPE or BARRICADES.
• EXERCISE CAUTION while driving City Streets due to large debris piles lining roadways. Take your time, be aware of surroundings and be patient
• TRASH / DEBRIS PICKUP – It was announced at last nights Board of Alderman meeting this will begin soon. The City will announce start date. Place all debris by the roadside. Make sure you separate debris, limbs verses construction/household trash.
• COVID REMINDER – 3 W’s – Wash Hands, Wear Face Coverings, Wait 6ft apart * Social Distance

RESTAURANTS STILL CLOSED

• Oliver’s CLOSED
• Potter’s CLOSED

Stay Safe, Stay Well
Chief Todd Coring

August 13, 2020 – SPD Updates: ROADWAYS
• Bay Street OPEN with exceptions to some parallel parking
• DAVIS STREET – OPEN
• BRUNSWICK, W MOORE & SHORT STREETS OPEN TO ALL TRAFFIC
• REMINDER – DO NOT CROSS areas that are closed off by ORANGE NETTING, caution tape or barricades.
• EXERCISE CAUTION while driving City Streets due to large debris piles lining roadways. Take your time, be aware of surroundings and be patient
• TRASH / DEBRIS We have received lots of calls and messages about pick-up. 10-12 days pick up will start.
• COVID REMINDER – 3 W’s – Wash Hands, Wear Face Coverings, Wait 6ft apart * Social Distance

The following businesses remain closed:
Fishy Fishy CLOSED
Oliver’s CLOSED
Potters CLOSED

Stay Safe, Stay Well
Chief Todd Coring

August 12, 2020 – UPDATE – ROADWAYS
• Waterfront corridor is OPEN with exceptions to some parallel parking along BAY street CLOSED
• DAVIS STREET – restored to NORMAL OPERATIONS AND DIRECTION
• BRUNSWICK, W MOORE & SHORT STREETS OPEN TO ALL TRAFFIC
• REMINDER – DO NOT CROSS areas that are closed off by ORANGE NETTING, caution tape or barricades.
• EXERCISE CAUTION while driving City Streets due to large debris piles lining roadways. Take your time, be aware of surroundings and be patient
• TRASH / DEBRIS We have received lots of calls and messages about pick-up. 10-12 days pick up will start.
• COVID REMINDER – 3 W’s – Wash Hands, Wear Face Coverings, Wait 6ft apart * Social Distance

August 10, 2020 –  Anyone with a missing/broken garbage or recycle bin, please call Brunswick County Solid Waste at 910-253-2520 for a replacement.
August 5, 2020, 6:00 pm – The City of Southport remains under a State of Emergency due to Hurricane Isaias. Much progress has been made today with damage assessments, road clearing, electric restorations, and securing damages to our infrastructure. The Waterfront from Atlantic and Bay to the Southport Marina remain closed, this includes Bay Street, Brunswick Street, Yacht Basin Drive, and Short Street. This is due to extensive damages. Citizens living and workers/employees in this area are permitted. There are 291 Electric customers without power, crews are still working to restore, and we remain hopeful.
Citizens are urged to clear their yards of debris and separate it at the curb to be picked up later.
The Emergency Operations Center remains staffed, and citizens may call with questions or concerns at 910-457-7915. Thank you for being patient.
Fire Chief Charles A Drew
Incident Commander
Emergency Operations Center
City of Southport.

August 5, 2020, 3:30 pm – Community Update with Mayor Hatem

August 5, 2020, 11:00 am – The City of Southport continues to be under a State of Emergency due to Hurricane Isaias.  The curfew will be discontinued at 12 noon today, August 05, 2020.  The Waterfront area to include, East Bay Street and Atlantic Avenue through Bay Street, Brunswick Street, Yacht Basin Drive, and Short Street to the Southport Marina remains closed until further notice.  The Waterfront area suffered infrastructure damages, and is not safe or secure.  For your safety, please respect the barricades.

Debris removal is being coordinated by our Public Works Department.  Residents are encouraged to place separated yard debris at the curbside for pick up at a later time.  Waste Industries will be picking up regular garbage on this Saturday, August 08, 2020.

Electric Crews are working to restore power to our customers.  The main feeder line was restored yesterday.  The crews are working by circuit in the city.  There is significant damages to different circuits and they have crews working on each circuit to restore power.  The city is hopeful that more customers will be restored through out the day.  A charging station for phones, and other electronic devices can be brought to the lobby of Fire Headquarters at 1011 North Howe Street to be charged.

The Southport Emergency Operations Center continues to be staffed by personnel fielding questions and assisting our citizens.  If you have issues, concerns, or questions feel free to call 910-457-7915.  Please stay safe and be patient.

August 4, 2020, 5:30 pm – The City of Southport remains under a State of Emergency and is extending the curfew indefinitely. The City has made progress in the recovery process throughout the day, but still has some issues that must be repaired. Crews will be working through the evening trying to restore electric service, that is still interrupted.  The Waterfront area and Southport Marina remain closed due to safety hazards. The Emergency Operations Center is staffed and can help you with questions, you can call 910-457-7915.  Please stay safe and be patient.

August 4, 2020, 5:30 pm – The City of Southport remains under a State of Emergency and is extending the curfew indefinitely. The City has made progress in the recovery process throughout the day, but still has some issues that must be repaired. Crews will be working through the evening trying to restore electric service, that is still interrupted.  The Waterfront area and Southport Marina remain closed due to safety hazards. The Emergency Operations Center is staffed and can help you with questions, you can call 910-457-7915.  Please stay safe and be patient.
Fire Chief Charles A Drew
Incident Commander
Emergency Operations Center
City of Southport

Revised State of Emergency

Aug 4, 2020 Revised State of Emergengy
– The City of Southport is in the recovery mode from Hurricane Isaias. Our damage assessment teams are out doing surveys. Many roads are blocked by down power lines, poles, and trees. Brunswick Electric is working to restore power. The Waterfront area received extensive damage, and the Southport Marina is closed due to damage assessment. The City remains under a curfew, until 7pm, and we urge citizens to stay off the roads, due to safety concerns. The Emergency Operations Center is still activated, and calls and concerns can be handled by calling 910-457-7915.
Chief Charles A Drew
Incident Commander
Emergency Operations Center
City of Southport
– Brunswick County: All residential services for Tuesday, August 4th have been suspended due to the impact of last night’s Hurricane in local area neighborhoods and roads. If your service day was today, then you will be serviced this coming Saturday, August 8th.  The rest of the week will be on schedule as normal. We apologize for this inconvenience, but as always safety is our #1 priority.

August 3, 2020 – The City of Southport would like to remind citizens of the tornado threat associated with Tropical Storm Isaias.  The National Weather Service is cautioning everyone to be on alert throughout the evening and night.  It is encouraged that citizens listen for alerts and if needed take shelter.

The City of Southport has declared a State of Emergency effective at 9am, Monday, August 03, 2020 in regard to the approaching Tropical Storm Isaias.  With this declaration, a curfew has been instituted at 6pm, Monday, August 03, 2020 for the entire City of Southport.  At 3pm, Monday August 03, 2020 Bay Street, Brunswick Street, and Yacht Basin Drive will be closed from Kingsley Park to the Southport Marina, and all City Parks and Offices as well.

The current track of Tropical Storm Isaias makes landfall early Tuesday Morning August 04, 2020 near Calabash, NC.  This means that the Southport Area will experience the strongest part of the storm.  Some strengthening has been forecast, and that is the reason that our area is currently under a HURRICANE WARNING.  Your emergency plans should be set and in place at this point.  Tropical Storm force winds and heavy rains will begin around 6pm today.

The City of Southport will have a partial activation of their Emergency Operations Center beginning at 4pm today.  If you have questions, or concerns you may call 910-457-7915.  If you have an emergency, please dial 911.  Thank you and Stay Safe.

City of Southport  State of Emergency Proclamation

Southport State of Emergency Aug 3, 2020

August 3, 2020 – Tropical Storm Isaias Local Statement Advisory Number 25 National Weather Service Wilmington NC – Update for Coastal Brunswick County: The Hurricane Watch and Tropical Storm Warning have been upgraded to a Hurricane Warning. A Storm Surge Warning continues to be in effect. As you complete your impact planning and preparations, don’t focus on the “label” of TS or Hurricane, but pay close attention to the “impact” guidance given for our area. Don’t forget to include face coverings, soap, and hand sanitizer in your emergency kits. The Southport EOC Team will be meeting at 8am this morning to evaluate next steps.  NOAA Advisory Summary

August 2, 2020 – Southport is currently Tropical Storm Warning: Isaias Local Watch/Warning Statement/Advisory Number 23 National Weather Service Wilmington NC AL092020 510 PM EDT Sun Aug 2 2020 – NOAA Advisory Summary.

– Southport is currently Tropical Storm Watch: Isaias Local Watch/Warning Statement/Intermediate Advisory Number 22A National Weather Service Wilmington NC AL092020 216 PM EDT Sun Aug 2 2020 – NOAA Advisory Summary

– The Emergency Operations Team continues to meet on a daily basis, monitoring Tropical Storm Isaias.  The City of Southport is under a Tropical Storm Watch, Storm Surge Watch, and Flash Flood Watch.  The City of Southport Department Heads will meet at 8am Monday, August 03, 2020 to make final decisions on all storm preparations.  We encourage all citizens to monitor local news and weather reports, and finalize all of your storm plans now.  If you have storm related questions, feel free to contact Southport Fire Headquarters at 910-457-7915.

May 27, 2020 –  Mayor Hatem Update on Hurricane Preparedness

Brunswick County Updates

August 10, 2020 – Brunswick County ends state of emergency for Hurricane Isaias

Link: https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/isaias-soe/

BOLIVIA, N.C. – Brunswick County has terminated the state of emergency put in place to prepare for and respond to Hurricane Isaias effective Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, at 5 p.m.

A copy of the amended declaration is at https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/2020-08-10-SOE-Terminated-Isaias.pdf

Brunswick County declared the state of emergency Monday, Aug. 3 at 3:30 p.m. due to the threats Hurricane Isaias posed to the county. Find more information on hurricane response and how to prepare for hurricanes at https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/hurricanes/

Assistance Post-Isaias

  • Brunswick County will hold a free cleanup week at the county landfill in Bolivia Aug. 17-22 for county property owners and residents. During this week, only construction and demolition debris and vegetative/yard debris will be accepted at no charge. Businesses and commercial vehicles will still be charged normal tipping fees. Individuals looking to drop off accepted debris for free will need to show proof of Brunswick County property ownership or residency. Individuals with questions can contact Brunswick County Operation Services at 910.253.2520
  • The Home Crisis Cleanup hotline is open to request free help with response needs including roof tarping, chainsaw work, drywall/flooring/appliance removal, mold mitigation, and debris removal. Call the toll-free number to request assistance: 844-965-1386
  • The Brunswick County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) helps direct individuals to resources they need following a disaster event. Visit the Hurricane Isaias Community Assistance webpage for more information and resources that can help with additional cleanup or social services following Hurricane Isaias: https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/emergency/hurricane-isaias-community-assistance/
  • Residents of Brunswick County who received damage as a result of Hurricane Isaias can self-report their damages online now. Crews are working throughout the county and towns conducting damage assessments to compile data that is then used by the State of North Carolina to determine if the damages from Hurricane Isaias have reached a level that would qualify Brunswick County for any federal assistance. Federal Programs and funding are typically not made available without these damage assessments. Self-report your property’s damage at https://www.crisistrack.com/public/brunswickNC/request.html

For media inquiries, contact the Public Information Officer at 910.253.2995 or email [email protected]brunswickcountync.gov

County Contact Information & Virtual Services During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Brunswick County is urging individuals to visit our website and to call or email county departments for assistance first before visiting county offices. The County now requires appointments for in-person visits. Not sure who to contact? Call our main line and we can help direct your calls.

  • Main County Contact Information: 910.253.2000 / 800.442.7033August 5, 2020 –  Brunswick County Post-Isaias Update

Link: https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/brunswick-county-post-isaias-update/

BOLIVIA, N.C. – Brunswick County Emergency Services has been working with other local government and community partners to review and respond to Hurricane Isaias’ impact to residents, infrastructure, facilities and the environment since the storm left the region early Tuesday morning.

The County has not received any reports concerning fatalities or major injuries due to the hurricane at this time. Brunswick County government offices have resumed normal hours of operation Wednesday. The Brunswick County Courthouse will remain closed Wednesday and no court will be in session.

The public shelter at Cedar Grove Middle School has already closed. The second public shelter at Town Creek Middle School is on standby status at this time to serve residents or visitors who need an alternate place to stay due to displacement or safety concerns due to the hurricane. Those individuals should call the call center at 910.253.5383 to coordinate.

The Brunswick County Emergency Operations Center remains open as county and local partners continue to respond to impacts from the hurricane. Individuals can contact the center at 910.253.5383 for questions.

NC Department of Insurance Disaster Response Center comes to Shallotte Thursday

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey will be in Brunswick County this Thursday, Aug. 6 to assess the damage from Hurricane Isaias and assist storm victims with property claims. Individuals can meet with Commissioner Causey and the NCDOI staff at the NCDOI Disaster Response Center from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Lowe’s parking lot, 351 Whitewater Road, Shallotte, NC, 28470.

Curbside Waste Collection and Debris Removal

Tuesday waste and recycling pickup customers will receive their curbside collection this Saturday. The Brunswick County Landfill has reopened at its regular schedule Wednesday, Aug. 5.

At this time, Brunswick County is assessing the estimated debris levels in the unincorporated areas of the county and will communicate any decisions on a disaster debris collection for these areas in the future. Individuals should check with their municipality to inquire if there are other options available to them for debris following Isaias.

County residents and property owners can bring yard waste to the Brunswick County Landfill or county convenience centers for associated fees during regular business hours. Yard waste should not be placed in your household trash or recycling bins.

Public Utilities Services

Brunswick County Public Utilities has reported no major damage to the county’s water or wastewater treatment plants and its collection and distribution systems are operational. Brunswick County Public Utilities customers are encouraged to contact Public Utilities’ utility assistance phone numbers if they need assistance with their water or wastewater service:

  • 253.2657, option 1 (available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
  • 755.7921 (afterhours)
  • 371.3490 (afterhours)
  • 454.0512 (afterhours)

Electric Services

Individuals who still need assistance with their electricity should contact or notify their provider via the following channels:

Duke Energy Progress

  • Visit https://www.duke-energy.com/outages to report outages online and view current outages
  • Texting OUT to 57801 (standard text and data charges may apply)
  • Calling the automated outage-reporting system at 800.419.6356

Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC)

Stay away from fallen or sagging power lines and keep children and pets away from power lines also. Consider all power lines – as well as trees, limbs or anything in contact with power lines – energized and dangerous. Report all power line hazards using the following phone numbers:

  • Duke Energy Progress: 419.6356
  • BEMC: 800.682.5309

For media inquiries, contact the Public Information Officer at 910.253.2995 or email [email protected]brunswickcountync.gov

County Contact Information & Virtual Services During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Brunswick County is urging individuals to visit our website and to call or email county departments for assistance first before visiting county offices. The County now requires appointments for in-person visits. Not sure who to contact? Call our main line and we can help direct your calls.

  • Main County Contact Information: 910.253.2000 / 800.442.7033

August 3, 2020 – Brunswick County Board of Commissioners Chairman Frank Williams issued a state of emergency effective Monday, Aug. 3 at 3:30 p.m. due to potential threats Tropical Storm Isaias poses to the county.

A copy of the declaration is at https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/2020-08-03-State-of-Emergency-Isaias.pdf

The declaration includes a voluntary evacuation of low-lying and flood-prone areas of the unincorporated area of Brunswick County as well as anyone who dwells in mobile or substandard housing.

A curfew is also in effect from 9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3 until 6 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4 for all unincorporated areas. This curfew does not apply to any individual traveling to or from their place of employment.

Additionally, Brunswick County government offices will close at 3:30 p.m. Monday ahead of Isaias’ arrival. Government offices are anticipated to open Tuesday at 12 p.m., however officials will assess the storm’s condition and any impacts concerning flooding or damage early Tuesday to determine if a later start time or full day closure is necessary.

August 1, 2020 – BRUNSWICK COUNTY RESIDENTS, VACATIONERS ENCOURAGED TO PREPARE NOW FOR ISAIAS

August 1, 2020 – Brunswick County has new primary shelter locations in the event of a hurricane. Learn more about where they are and what to expect if they open: https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/shelters/

Shelter space will be limited due to #COVID19 and should be only considered as a last resort. Take time now to contact relatives/friends or find alternate locations you go to if you have to evacuate.

#Brunsco #Isaias #StayStrongNC

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