Habitat for Humanity of Craven County committed to repairing 44 homes in the wake of Hurricane Florence and the unparalleled damages that struck our community through the neighborhood revitalization program. To date 22 homes have been completed in Craven and Jones County. We are honored to have an opportunity to partner with families who are still trying to recover from Hurricane Florence. As a result of partnering, these families who had no other means or support to repair their homes are now in safe, healthy housing.
Habitat for Humanity of Craven County is proud to announce the recent completion of four homes through the program. Homeowners in Duffyfield, Sunnyside and western Craven county were assisted. Project tasks included repairs to flooring, windows, roofs, gutters, sheetrock, decking and access ramps.
One homeowner in the Pembroke community, Ms. Lillie Brimmage, is finally returning home after more than a year of living displaced with family and friends due to Hurricane Florence. Ms. Brimmage is overjoyed to be back in her homeand is ready for life to resume normalcy. The damage to her home was extensive as she took several feet of water inside of her home causing a need for repairs to the roof, heating and cooling systems, insulation, sheet rock, and much more.
Extensive damages are often unexpected and hardworking homeowners can find themselves unprepared to pay large repair costs upfront in the wake of a devastating storm such as Hurricane Florence. That’s where Habitat for Humanity of Craven County steps in and can offer subsidized repayment options for qualified applicants to help recover and bring life back into their own home and subsequently the neighborhood.
Antoinette Boskey, Neighborhood Revitalization Director states that “neighborhood revitalization is all about creating an improved quality of life through holistic community development and empowerment of residents. We understand that when disasters like Hurricane Florence affect a community, rates of marginalization tend to increase amongst vulnerable populations. For this reason, we have focused our efforts on low income families in Jones and Craven counties, partnering with these families and empowering them to be able to take an active role in their individual recovery and the recovery of their community.”
If you are struggling to recover from Hurricane Florence or need assistance with home repairs, please contact our office at 252-633-9599 to learn more about program requirements and how to begin the application process.
Habitat for Humanity of Craven County builds affordable single-family and duplex homes in Craven County and has been actively addressing the affordable housing crisis since 1989. In addition to building new homes, Habitat for Humanity of Craven County also repairs existing homes to keep homeowners in their homes to age in place comfortably or to recover following disasters or unexpected damages. For more than 30 years, Habitat for Humanity of Craven County has assisted more than 100 individuals and families to achieve their dream of homeownership through our affordable housing program andremain in their home through our neighborhood revitalization critical repairs program. In addition to these programs, Habitat for Humanity focuses on educating and empowering potential homebuyers and current homeowners through homebuyer education and disaster preparedness education series.
I noticed that Google Maps satellite photos of New Bern were taken after Hurricane Florence in September 2018, while satellite photos in Apple Maps were taken before the storm. Here are some images that show the difference.
Satellite image shows New Bern Grand Marina, top, and BridgePointe Marina, below.
Satellite image shows New Bern Grand Marina, top, and BridgePointe Marina, below. BridgePointe was severely damaged by Hurricane Florence and has not been put back into service.
The Woodrow neighborhood of New Bern before Hurricane Florence.
This satellite shows numerous houses that were destroyed or so badly damaged that they were razed during or following Hurricane Florence.
The public boat ramp and dock at Lawson Creek Park at the Trent River before Hurricane Florence.
The public boat ramp and dock at Lawson Creek Park at the Trent River after Hurricane Florence. The boat ramp was severely damaged and pushed upriver by the storm. A specialized crew using a construction barge and crane fetched the floating dock and returned it to its original location. The ramp and dock have been put back into service.
The day-use boardwalk and docks at Union Point Park before Hurricane Florence.
The day-use boardwalk and docks at Union Point Park were destroyed during Hurricane Florence and have yet been rebuilt.
An island on the west bank of the Trent River just south of Freedom Memorial Bridge before Hurricane Florence.
An island on the west bank of the Trent River just south of Freedom Memorial Bridge before Hurricane Florence. The satellite image shows significant erosion from the storm, forming a new bay, with a channel shown below and left of the island blocked. The wreckage of a sailboat can be seen just right of center.
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 following locations to board the bus. The buses will continue circling these routes, approximately every hour, until 5pm.
The first pickup was at noon for the following locations:
Oakland and Ashland Ave
Oaks andS. Glenburnie
N Glenburnie and TuscanLa
Mourning dove & Deer Path Cir
George St Park
Watson Ave and National Ave
River Drive & Court St
Stanly White Rec Center
Beaufort & Garden St
JT Barber School
Washington & Hazel Ave
Chesapeake & Batts Hill
Batts Hill & Turtle Bay
Batts Hill & Tram
Country Club & Elm Dr
Chestnut & Oscar
Liberty St & Walt Bellamy
Walt Bellamy and Fleet St
Broad St and E Front St.
Riverside and Sandy Point
The following pickups are at 1 pm:
National Guard Armory
Neuse Ave and Asheville St
Beech St and South Carolina Ave
Duffy St and Oaks Rd
Washington and Hazel Ave
Coopers Landing Apts
N Hills and Laurel St
North Hills Ct and Drive
Chestnut and Oscar
EF Thompkins and Charles
Citizens should bring their own pillows, blankets, medication, hygiene items, special foods, baby formula (if needed) and any other special needs items. There may be times that the shelters are without the ability to support medical devices and equipment so portable charging devices are recommended. Pets will be accepted at the Ben D. Quinn Elementary emergency shelter only. No other emergency shelters will allow pets. This shelter accepts cats and dogs only. All pets must be crated & you must bring food and water for them, medications, and rabies certificates. You must remain at the shelter with their pet and are responsible for caring for and cleaning up after their pet. Citizens are prohibited from bringing weapons, alcohol, illegal drugs, perishable food items, radios or televisions into an emergency shelter. Small hand-held devices can be used with headphones.
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.
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.
Power outage projections are based on the company’s storm modeling tool, which analyzes storm track, storm size, wind speed, wind-field size, ground saturation and the history of previous hurricanes in the Carolinas.
More than 9,000 power restoration workers in Carolinas
Duke Energy crews will begin repairs as soon as conditions safely allow. Duke Energy is moving an extra 4,000 repair workers from 23 states and Canada to the Carolinas in anticipation of the hurricane’s arrival. The crews will complement the 5,000 Duke Energy lineworkers and tree personnel permanently based in the Carolinas – creating a total workforce of almost 9,000.
Before power can be restored, crews first must assess the extent of damage – which can sometimes take 24 hours or more – to determine which crews, equipment and supplies are needed to expedite repairs. Crews will restore power, where possible, while completing damage assessment.
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)
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 of our friends in New Bern and hope the storm passes without trouble,” she said.
The Bike MS: Historic New Bern Ride 2019 was scheduled for Sept. 7 and 8.
The event in New Bern annually draws several thousand cyclists, along with festival vendors. It is among the largest events in Downtown New Bern each year, although it is dwarfed by MumFest, which is held in October.
The event is based at Union Point Park at the intersection of East Front and South Front streets, an area that is always among the first to flood in New Bern.
According to published reports, organizers were concerned about the condition of Union Point after the storm, on top of existing concerns about limited available hotel space in Downtown New Bern.
The DoubleTree by Hilton hotel, the largest in the city and the city’s only full-service hotel, has been closed since Hurricane Florence.
Any remaining hotel rooms in New Bern would undoubtedly be quickly filled following a hurricane by recovery workers.
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 to work.
“We realize many of our families have not fully recovered from Hurricane Florence so we strongly recommend you make the necessary preparations as soon as possible,” the district said in a news release.
Should any further announcements be necessary, notifications will be sent via the school alert system, local media, and the district web page – www.cravenk12.org– and social media sites.
Epiphany School for Global Studies will be closed Wednesday through Friday.
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 evacuate according to their level of vulnerability. Areas in Zone A will typically be evacuated first, followed by areas in Zone B, etc. While all zones won’t be evacuated in every event, emergency managers will work with local media and use other outreach tools to notify residents and visitors of impacted zones and evacuation instructions.
Know Your Zone is intended to streamline the evacuation process by supporting personal readiness as residents prepare for hazardous weather events. In addition to helping avoid unnecessary evacuation travel, zones can also ease overcrowding at local storm shelters and increase public safety. Knowing your zone and when to evacuate can ultimately save your family’s life.
Evacuations are only called for when the lives and safety of those in the area being evacuated will be at risk. Once an evacuation has been called, gather your belongings (including your emergency supply kit) and leave as soon as possible for your personal safety. If time allows, secure your home by locking doors and windows. By following evacuation orders, you are protecting both yourself and first responders.
Residents in Craven County can locate their assigned evacuation zone by visiting http://bit.ly/cravenKYZ.
While evacuation zones won’t be fully implemented across eastern NC until hurricane season 2020, Craven County residents will be assigned a zone this year given the County’s participation in the KYZ pilot program.
Craven County Government Emergency Management updates will appear on the Craven County website at www.cravencountync.gov, on the Craven County Facebook page @cravencounty and the Craven County Emergency Management Twitter account @cravencountync.