Lenoir County is bracing major flooding. Personnel from Lenoir County Sheriff’s Department and Emergency Services, along with N.C. Highway Patrol and Department of Transportation, Kinston Fire Department and Kinston Police Department met Friday to discuss potential flooding in Lenoir County due to the overwhelming recent rainfall. Official projections are the river is going to hit 21.9 feet — considered “major flood stage” — Wednesday evening, Nov. 18. Additional rises above that projection are possible. As of Friday morning, the river was at 12.5 feet; it had risen to 13.7 feet Friday evening. Lenoir County experienced major rainfall just like New Bern earlier this week fromRead More →

Matt Montanye, director of Public Works for the City of New Bern, described the impacts of the weather and the continuous rain the area has seen since midnight last night. Craven County Schools will operate on a 2-hour delay tomorrow Friday due to localized flooding and water on the roads. Over the past 17 hours the airport has recorded 7-inches of rain and the forecast is for it to continue until the early morning hours. As you are aware stormwater systems are typically designed for 1 inches-2 inches over a 24-hour period. So the possibility of 10 or more inches in 24-hours has had aRead More →

Craven County invites residents who wish to dispose of debris generated by Hurricane Isaias to visit any of seven convenience sites for assistance. Normal hours of operation for the convenience sites are Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The seven Craven County Solid Waste Convenience sites are located at: 3405 NC Highway 101, Havelock 605 NC Highway 55 East New Bern 205 Belltown Road, Dover 7240 Highway 70 East, New Bern 4001 Old Cherry Point Road, New Bern 121 Sanders Lane, New Bern, North Carolina 246 Bailey Lane Vanceboro Vegetative debris should beRead More →

Update: Approximately 7,400 customers are without power right now. “We’re hoping to be through with #Isaias soon so we can redeploy our crews for damage assessments, restorations & repairs,” the city said on social media. Power outages were widespread in New Bern early Tuesday morning as Tropical Storm Isaias approached the city. “Once conditions improve, we’ll start deploying crews to assess the damage & begin restorations & repairs,” the city announced on its social media just before 2 a.m. as the outages started to pile up. Wind gusts well above 40 mph were to blame. While power outages were widespread, most of the city stillRead More →

Please review these important reminders to stay safe around natural gas meters and appliances, especially during severe weather. Call Piedmont Natural Gas if you see wind-related damage: If you see or suspect wind or tree damage to natural gas lines, call us at 800-752-7504 or call 911. If water has entered your home: Do not attempt to disconnect, clear debris from or work on any natural gas appliance, including your meter.Do not attempt to relight any of your natural gas appliances. Instead, call 800-752-7504. If your natural gas appliances are damaged by water: Natural gas appliances damaged by water may need to be replaced accordingRead More →

Publix in New Bern closed at 5 p.m. today, four hours earlier than its normal 9 a.m. closure, due to approaching tropical-force wind and rain from Isaias. “We’re closely monitoring Tropical Storm Isaias and the impact to our operating areas,” Publix said on its website. “Please be aware that several of our stores in the affected area will be adjusting their hours for the storm. The map below provides the most up-to-date information on changes to store hours.Read More →

Craven County Emergency Management will open three Emergency Shelters on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020 at 6 p.m. at the following locations for citizens living in low lying areas prone to flooding who have nowhere else to relocate to: Havelock High School (101 Webb Blvd, Havelock) Ben D. Quinn Elementary (4275 Martin Luther King Blvd, New Bern) *Pet Friendly* Vanceboro Farm Life Elementary (2000 Farm Life Ave, Vanceboro) Emergency shelters are planned to close at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020 if conditions allow. Emergency shelters will have limited capacity due to COVID-19 so they are only to be used by those who have nowhereRead More →

Sand and sandbags will be available at Stanley White Recreation Center, 901 Chapman Street, and at the vacant lot downtown at the corner of Craven and South Front streets at 1 p.m. today. The sand and sandbags are first come first serve. Bring your own shovel. 100 bags each will be placed at both locations. New Bern Emergency Operations Center will be mobilized at 7 p.m. Trash and recycling services are operating as normal at this time. GFL Environmental is evaluating potential operational impacts and will make announcements, if any, this afternoon regarding changes to scheduled services. The iconic window at historic City Hall wasRead More →

Residents and visitors should prepare their hurricane survival kits now The City of New Bern is preparing for hurricane Isaias and is encouraging residents and visitors to do the same. Although forecast models vary on the exact track of the storm, National Hurricane Center meteorologists are forecasting that eastern North Carolina will see some impacts from Isaias beginning early next week. Right now, it appears the storm will move quickly up the coast, but its winds are increasing. This could mean widespread power outages, downed trees, significant storm debris and storm surge for New Bern. City crews spent Thursday preparing the Emergency Operations Center onRead More →

Residents should listen to local news for the latest advisories and updates from the National Weather Service and from the National Hurricane Center. Additional information can be found at the following links:• weather.gov• nhc.noaa.gov• Download the Swift 911 app to your smartphone by going to portalv4.swiftreach.com/portal.aspx?c=205198 Prepare a kit: Preparing a kit is very important in making sure you have the items needed to weather any storm. As Tropical Storm Isaias approaches, this time is more important than ever to make sure you have the items needed. Your kit should contain the following: • Water — 1 gallon per person per day for three toRead More →