posted on September 17, 2018 16:40
We are continuing our efforts to evaluate the damage in Town as a result of Hurricane Florence and beginning the process of recovery for a safe return. Contractors for the Town have begun clean-up efforts of debris and sand from our streets, as well as clearing blockages along private streets, where possible, for safe access. Jones-Onslow and Duke Power are working diligently to restore electrical power.
Topsail Beach has a water patrol in conjunction with US Fish and Wildlife. This will allow for better protection of the Town as well as visual identification of additional damage on the sound side. The storm did hit the Island with its full force as it approached and when it left. Many homes will have damaged piers on the sound side of the Island. While only a few homes have major damage, many have siding and roof shingle damage. Trees and plants have been damaged as well.
We continue to have standing water in parts of Carolina Blvd, Anderson Blvd and Bridger’s Ave. There is also standing water on private streets and at the electrical substation.
The 24-hour curfew is still in place fort Topsail Beach and Surf City. Pender County and surrounding counties are experiencing flooding that is expected to exceed Hurricane’s Floyd and Matthew levels. Travel through the areas are dangerous and, in some areas, impassable.
Please be safe!