Due to the increased populations of mosquitoes caused by flooding from Hurricane Florence, Gov. Roy Cooper on Friday ordered $4 million to fund mosquito control efforts in counties currently under a major disaster declaration. Those counties include: Bladen, Beaufort, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Harnett, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Moore, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Pitt, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Wayne, and Wilson. “To help local communities in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, I’ve directed state funds for mosquito control efforts to protect people who live in hard-hit areas.” Gov. Cooper said. Funding will allow control efforts to begin as soon asRead More →

For residents who suffered losses during Hurricane Florence, Disaster Recovery Centers are now open in several locations around the state, with information and resources to assist in recovery. These centers offer in-person support to both individuals and businesses. Specialists can discuss available recovery programs and provide guidance for filing applications for disaster assistance. All centers are fully accessible to people with disabilities, and for those who need translation assistance. Whether you are a homeowner, renter or a business owner, it is important to register for disaster assistance prior to visiting a recovery center by going online to www.DisasterAssistance.gov or calling FEMA at 800-621-FEMA. If yourRead More →

Cleanup, rebuilding, and housing are now the city’s focus in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, officials said during Tuesday’s Board of Aldermen meeting. It was the first routine meeting of the board since before Hurricane Florence. Jordan Hughes, city engineer, was filling in for City Manager Mark Stephens during Tuesday’s Board of Aldermen meeting. Stephens and Alderman Jeffrey Odham were out of town on business, including a meeting with U.S. Rep. Walter Jones, R-Winterville. Alderman Johnnie Ray Kinsey was not at Tuesday’s meeting. Hughes described the city’s initial response to Hurricane Florence as outstanding. The city started preparing for a disaster such as Florence backRead More →

FEMA has opened a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) at the old Eckerd/Rite Aid store located at 710 DeGraffenreid Ave. in New Bern. The DRC serves as a one-stop location for citizens affected by Hurricane Florence to apply for disaster assistance and other benefits available to them through support agencies. Valuable state, local and federal resources will be provided at the DRC which will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. beginning Thursday, Sept. 27, until FEMA determines the community needs have been met. Steps available: Online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. Applicants who use 711 or VideoRead More →

With an estimated 7,000 houses damaged or destroyed in Craven County by Hurricane Florence, attention has shifted from surviving the hurricane’s wind, rain, and flooding, to housing people displaced by the catastrophic storm. Jerry Haney, Area 3 division supervisor for FEMA Region 4, which includes Craven County, said housing is the biggest issue FEMA is focusing on right now. “There is just not rental inventory here for the number of houses that were lost,” Haney told the New Bern Board of Aldermen on Tuesday. Haney said Gov. Roy Cooper was being briefed on the situation on Wednesday, and FEMA officials toured the hurricane-ravaged portions ofRead More →

A Disaster Food and Nutrition Services (DFNS) benefits program will be offered by Craven County Department of Social Services. The services will be offered at 2818 Neuse Blvd. in New Bern beginning Friday, Sept. 28, 2018 through Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, then resuming on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018 through Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, for those who suffered food losses, damage or destruction of the household’s home or self-employment, lost income, or will incur a disaster related expense which will not be reimbursed during the period of Sept. 7, 2018 through Oct. 8, 2018 as a result of Hurricane Florence. The hours of operation each dayRead More →

The state medical examiner’s office has determined an additional death was related to the storm, the 36th connected to Hurricane Florence. The latest casualty reported was a 67-year old man who died from injuries he received while cleaning up storm debris in Craven County. It was the first death reported in Craven County related to Hurricane Florence. “This deadly storm has left a lasting impact on families, neighborhoods and communities across a wide swath of our state,” Gov. Roy Cooper said. “Now is the time to pull together to help our fellow North Carolinians recover from Hurricane Florence and rebuild even stronger, and smarter, thanRead More →

Governor Cooper announces 33 jobs and $2.25M investment in Craven County McGuckin & Pyle, Inc., a manufacturer of custom lamination and processing equipment, chose Craven County for its new plant, creating 33 new jobs and investing $2.25 million, N.C. Department of Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland announced today. The company will bring mechanical and electrical control system assembly and machinery services to New Bern. “Much of our state is hurting after Hurricane Florence. As we continue to support each other and start to recover and rebuild, McGuckin & Pyle’s choice to move to New Bern and belief in this community underscores North Carolina’s resilience,” saidRead More →

Curbside recycling pickup service for all of Craven County is temporarily suspended due to operations of the vendor Craven County delivers those recyclables to being closed as a result of Hurricane Florence.  Curbside recycling services are expected to resume on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. While curbside recycling pick up service will temporarily be suspended, the seven Craven County Convenience Centers are available for citizens to drop off recyclables.  For a complete list of the Convenience Center locations and hours of operation visit the Craven County Solid Waste website.Read More →

First Craven Sanitary District is now operating under normal conditions. The office is now open during normal business hours and the treatment plant is operating at full capacity. The water system operated under emergency power from 11:30 a.m. Thursday until 9 p.m. on Sunday. There was a water main break early Sunday morning affecting about 15 customers out of water for most of that day. They were issued a boiling water advisory. That advisory has been lifted. There was no other issues with the water system and no other boil water advisories were issued. Due to high demand (leaks caused by the storm), district officialsRead More →