Craven County Schools will  operate on a 2 hour delay on Monday, Sept. 9 for all students. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Craven County Schools announced after evaluations of all school buildings that Hurricane Dorian will not deter it from returning back to school. Most damage to schools was limited to tree limbs and ceiling tiles which are being corrected this weekend. Staff will report to work at their regular scheduled time so they have ample time to put their classrooms back together. Read More →

The City launched a CodeRED alert to citizens in low lying areas encouraging them to evacuate.  Here is the transcript of the CodeRED alert: This is a CodeRED alert from the City of New Bern. You are located in a flood prone area.  Please consider evacuating ahead of hurricane Dorian.  City of NB fire and police crews will be in your neighborhood making announcements over a loudspeaker encouraging residents to evacuate.  These crews will be accompanied by buses offering transportation to a shelter – either Creekside Elementary School or Ben D. Quinn Elementary.   If you would like transportation to a shelter, please go to the followingRead More →

Note: Curfew lifted just before 11 a.m. Friday. Curfew imposed effective at 11 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5 until 6 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, unless in search of medical assistance, food or other commodity of service necessary to sustain the well-being of himself and his family or some member thereof.  Read the entire curfew here.Read More →

As Hurricane Dorian heads up the Carolina coastline, Duke Energy is projecting it could cause more than 700,000 power outages – some possibly lasting several days – based on the storm’s current forecasted track. The slow-moving, powerful hurricane will bring tropical-storm-force winds and rain over a large portion of the Carolinas. The company projects power outages are likely to occur Thursday and Friday: In North Carolina’s Triangle area (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill). In South Carolina’s Pee Dee region (Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Lee, Marion, Marlboro and Williamsburg). Along the entire coasts of both North Carolina and South Carolina – extending to communities up to 100 miles inland. PowerRead More →

Trash and recycling pickups have been suspended for Thursday and Friday.  Customers on those routes are asked NOT to put their receptacles out as they could become projectiles and could block stormwater drainage. A new pickup schedule for these routes will be announced later.  I’ll let you know what that new schedule is as soon as I get it. Also, new sandbags are available now at all three sites: The sandbag locations are: West NB Rec Center, 1225 Pine Tree Drive (by the ball field) Stanley White Rec Center, 901 Chapman Street (in the parking lot) The empty lot at Craven/South Front Street. Bring aRead More →

Dorian-spooked Bike MS organizers have canceled this weekend’s event in New Bern. Catherine Lott, manager of event production at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, said in an email to local event partners: “Unfortunately, due to Hurricane Dorian, we had to make the difficult decision to cancel our 2019 Bike MS: Historic New Bern. We’re working this evening on outreach to all of our event partners, vendors, participants and volunteers. I do know that someone on our staff is working on reaching out to hotels, but please feel free to share this news with your hospitality partners. “Please stay safe this week; we’re all thinking ofRead More →

Based on the latest information from the county emergency operations center, Craven County Schools announces the following schedule changes and closings in anticipation of Hurricane Dorian and potential impacts on Craven County: Craven County Schools will operate on a 2-hour early release for all students on Wednesday, Sept. 4. There will be no after school or evening activities during this same period. Craven County Schools will Be Closed for all students and staff on Thursday, Sept. 5 and Friday, Sept 6. Essential staff be prepared to be on standby for Thursday and Friday if the need arises and you are able to safely report toRead More →

Craven County is one of three counties in North Carolina participating in the North Carolina Department of Public Safety’s Know Your Zone (KYZ) pilot program.  North Carolina Know Your Zone (KYZ) is a new tiered evacuation system that highlights areas most at risk to storm surge and flooding impacts from hurricanes, tropical storms, and other hazards. Know Your Zone relies on a color-coded approach for users to determine the evacuation zone where they live, work, or are visiting based upon their street address. When a storm is approaching, Craven County officials will determine the zones that are most threatened to assess which residents should evacuateRead More →

Craven County issued a voluntary evacuation order to be effective at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, for Zone A or for those living in low-lying areas of Craven County with a history of extreme flooding.  Extreme wind, storm surge, rainfall and river flooding is expected in the Neuse and Trent River basins in Craven County as early as Wednesday evening.  People living in the following locations that are prone to flooding are encouraged to evacuate: Harlowe (Adam’s Creek and Clubfoot Creek), Fairfield Harbor, portions of the City of New Bern (National Avenue, Woodrow and Duffyfield communities), Sandy Point, and River Bend.  Residents in Craven County can locate their assignedRead More →

The City of New Bern declared a State of Emergencyeffective at 5 p.m. today.  The proclamation, signed by Mayor Pro Tempore Jeffrey Odham, is an emergency mechanism that must be in place ahead of requests for regional, state, and federal resources.  It also allows the city to take emergency measures to secure and protect residents, such as enacting curfews and limiting the sale of alcohol. No curfews or sales limitations are currently in effect.  Although the forecast track for hurricane Dorian remains uncertain, the City of New Bern is taking steps now to prepare and is encouraging residents to do the same.  National Hurricane Center meteorologistsRead More →