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HurricaneFlorence

Don’t put your debris under power lines

PENDER COUNTY – Pender County’s contractor is picking up debris throughout the county.

Here are important reminders regarding debris:

  • Separate the debris by category – vegetative debris, construction debris, and white goods;
  • Do not place debris under power lines.
  • Debris should not block visibility at roadways.
  • Cut tree trunks to lengths in 4-ft. lengths.

Debris will be picked up in Pender County along state highways and paved roads in major subdivisions. The equipment will not traverse dirt or unpaved roads. The contractor will not serve gated communities.

Watch Pender County’s website at pendercountync.gov or Pender County’s Facebook page for storm recovery updates. Pender County Emergency Management will post updates on the Facebook page at facebook.com/penderem and on the website http://www.penderem.com. If you need assistance call the EM office at 910- 259-1210.

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Small Business Administration low-interest loans available to homeowners, renters

PENDER COUNTY –  Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster assistance loans are available to homeowners, renters, businesses, and non-profit organizations of all sizes that were affected by Hurricane Florence.

SBA offers disaster assistance loans up to $200,000 to homeowners for the repair or replacement of disaster damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are also eligible to borrow up to $40,000 to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed personal property. Automobiles that were damaged by the disaster are also eligible for disaster assistance loans.

Businesses and private non-profit organizations of any size may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets.

For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, the SBA offers the Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by Hurricane Florence. Economic Injury disaster loans are available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage.

The disaster loans interest rates are as low as 2 percent for homeowners and renters, 2.5 percent for non-profit organizations and 3.675 percent for businesses and economic injury, with terms up to 30 years to repay the disaster loan.  Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

The application filing deadline is Nov. 13. To apply, go online to https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela or call the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

Watch Pender County’s website at pendercountync.gov or Pender County’s Facebook page for storm recovery updates. Pender County Emergency Management will post updates on the Facebook page at facebook.com/penderem and on the website http://www.penderem.com. If you need assistance call the EM office at 910- 259-1210.

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Housing needed for Hurricane Florence victims

PENDER COUNTY – The Pender County Housing Authority (PCHA) is seeking property owners and property managers to rent units to help families who lost homes in due to Florence. PCHA is glad to act as a clearing house for properties in the Pender County area. Landlords are also encouraged to list available units on www.nchousingsearch.org.

“Hurricane Florence displaced many families,” said Judith Herring, Pender County Housing director. “Before Hurricane Florence Pender County faced a shortage of affordable housing. The storm has exacerbated the great need for housing.”

Owners and property managers can send information on available units to housinginfo@pendercountync.gov.

“Please include the address of the unit, number of bedrooms, number of bathrooms, and the utilities the tenant would be responsible for paying,” said Herring. “Please also include a date when the unit will be available for lease and the rent desired. Landlords who can only offer limited term rentals of less than 12 months should be sure to include that information in the email.”

Many Pender County residents are desperate for a safe place to live. Some will need temporary housing while their homes are being repaired and some will need permanent rental housing for at least 12 months. We encourage landlords in high cost areas such as Hampstead, Rocky Point and Surf City to consider making rental units available to Pender County families at a reasonable cost.

“Keeping families in Pender County and keeping children in their schools is so important,” said Herring.

Watch Pender County’s website at pendercountync.gov or Pender County’s Facebook page for storm recovery updates. Pender County Emergency Management will post updates on the Facebook page at facebook.com/penderem and on the website http://www.penderem.com. If you need assistance call the EM office at 910- 259-1210.

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Solid waste sites resume normal schedules

PENDER COUNTY – All Pender County Solid Waste Sites resumed their normal schedules, effective Sept. 29, with the exception of Canetuck and Whitestocking convenience centers.

“Canetuck will re-open this Wednesday, Oct. 3, and resume its normal schedule which are Wednesdays, 7a.m.- 1 p.m. and Saturdays, 7 a.m.- 7 p.m.,” said Kenny Keel, Pender County Utilities director. “Whitestocking remains closed until further notice, due to flooding damage. We are working on solutions to re-open as soon as possible. Area residents are encouraged to take their solid waste to Calico Bay convenience center, or other open locations.”

Pender County Solid Waste stickers are required at all convenience center locations to dispose of waste. The waiver of this requirement last week was due to private garbage collectors not being in operation, but most if not all these companies have resumed collection this week or earlier.

Watch Pender County’s website at pendercountync.gov or Pender County’s Facebook page for storm recovery updates. Pender County Emergency Management will post updates on the Facebook page at facebook.com/penderem and on the website http://www.penderem.com. If you need assistance call the EM office at 910- 259-1210.

For information regarding Pender County Solid Waste Sites, call the utilities office at 910-259-1570.

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Building Inspections to Transition to Normal Operations

PENDER COUNTY –  With the ongoing response and recovery efforts to Hurricane Florence, Pender County Inspections and Permitting has been working with victims of Hurricane Florence to assure building and electrical safety to assist with recovery.

“Beginning Friday, Sept. 28, Pender County Inspections and Permitting will accept inspection requests for currently permitted projects,” said Scott Henry, Pender County Inspections and Permitting director.

A request has been made to State WebEOC for five building inspectors and five electrical inspectors to complete building evaluations of structures that sustained major and destroyed damage as documented through the Rapid Assessment process. The request, which was granted, will allow the inspectors to begin Monday, Oct. 1, through Friday, Oct. 5.

“With state forces assisting with building evaluations, our staff of four can focus on normal permitting and inspections duties to provide a service level expectation pre-storm,” said Henry.

To contact Pender County Inspections and Permitting call 910- 259-1201.

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Help is available post Hurricane Florence

PENDER COUNTY –  As Pender County residents work to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, many local churches and organizations have extended a helping hand.

“We are thankful for the local churches that are reaching out to their communities,” said Olivia Dawson, coordinator for the relief and volunteer efforts in Pender County.

Scotts Hill Baptist Church and Riley’s Creek Baptist Church are working with disaster relief teams.

Lighthouse Church, Pentecostals of Burgaw, Cora’s Grove Church, Newkirk Chapel Church, Atkinson Baptist Church, and Pender Christian Services have assisted with supplies.

“It is important that residents do not abuse the resources of these churches,” said Dawson. “These supplies are scarce and much needed by our residents.”

Churches, collaborating with various ministries, are serving meals, including Lighthouse Church, Riley’s Creek Baptist Church, and Willard Outreach Community Center.

Gateway Community Church, which has helped people throughout the disaster, will close its distribution center on Oct. 5.

“We are grateful to Gateway Community Church for its service to the Burgaw community,” said Dawson.

“Donations are welcomed by many of these organizations,” said Dawson. “We need cleaning supplies and toiletries.”

“Volunteers are desperately needed,” said Dawson.

“Some of these churches have worked around the clock to care for residents in need,” said Dawson. “They could use assistance.”

Watch Pender County’s website at pendercountync.gov or an announcement on Pender County’s Facebook page.

Pender County Emergency Management will post updates on the Facebook page at facebook.com/penderem and on the website http://www.penderem.com. If you need assistance call the EM office at 910- 259-1210.

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No burning ban in effect in Pender County

PENDER COUNTY –  Pender County is not under a burning ban.

“Homeowners can burn vegetative yard trimmings from their property in a controlled matter,” said Tommy Batson, Pender County Fire Marshal. “Anyone burning more than 100-ft. from a residence needs to obtain a North Carolina (NCFS) burning permit.”

The link is http://www.ncforestservice.gov/burn_permits/burn_permits_main.htm

It’s illegal to burn:

  • Garbage, paper and cardboard
  • Tires and other rubber products
  • Building materials, including lumber Wire, plastics and synthetic materials
  • Asphalt shingles and heavy oils
  • Paints, household and agricultural chemicals

Homeowners can burn yard trimmings. Other allowable burning includes campfires, outdoor barbeques, and bonfires for festive occasions. Landowners can also open burn vegetation to clear land or rights-of-way, provided that: Prevailing winds are away from built up areas and roads. Fires are at least 500 feet away from occupied buildings. Burning is done between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Pender County Emergency Management will post updates on the Facebook page at facebook.com/penderem and on the website http://www.penderem.com. If you need assistance call the EM office at 910- 259-1210.

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Mandatory evacuation lifted, curfew is in place

PENDER COUNTY – The mandatory evacuation for the Black River and Northeast Cape Fear River, tributaries, creeks and stream areas, has been lifted.

Due to flood waters on the roads and damaged roads, a curfew for the Black River, Northeast Cape Fear River, tributaries, creeks, and stream areas, has been amended. The curfew, from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m., went into effect Sept. 28.

“The curfew is in place for the safety of residents and property,” stated Pender County Sheriff Carson Smith. “The roads are damaged, and some water remains on the roadways.”

Pender County Emergency Management will post updates on the Facebook page at facebook.com/penderem and on the website http://www.penderem.com. If you need assistance call the EM office at 910- 259-1210.

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Gov. Cooper Announces $18.5 Million to Provide Temporary Recovery Jobs to North Carolinians Affected by Hurricane Florence

RALEIGH: North Carolina has won $18.5 million to hire North Carolinians from areas hit hard by Hurricane Florence to work on recovery efforts, Governor Roy Cooper announced today.

The funds come from a grant requested by the North Carolina Department of Commerce’s Division of Workforce Solutions and awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor.

“Hurricane Florence has devastated communities and hurt livelihoods,” Gov. Cooper said. “Putting people to work on recovery efforts can help North Carolinians get back on their feet while we work together to recover.”

Through the Disaster Dislocated Worker Grant, residents of counties declared national disaster areas will be employed in jobs that support either clean-up and recovery from the storm’s devastation or humanitarian assistance to residents of the affected areas. Supported by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Dislocated Worker Grants fund temporary jobs in response to large, unexpected events that cause significant job losses.

The 28 counties currently included in the program are: Beaufort, Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Greene, Harnett, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Lee, Lenoir, Jones, Moore, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Pitt, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Wayne and Wilson counties.

“This grant is welcome news for communities that have been devastated by this deadly storm, and we will use these resources to put people back to work and help rebuild the in a smart, comprehensive way,” said Anthony M. Copeland, Secretary of the NC Department of Commerce.

These counties were declared eligible for certain types of assistance by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). If additional counties are declared eligible by FEMA, they will be added to the project.

Participants in the grant would be employed by nonprofits and government agencies for up to 12 months. Worksites must generally be on either public property or land owned by not-for-profit agencies.

Workers may be eligible for jobs under the grant by being temporarily or permanently laid off as a consequence of the hurricane, or by meeting certain other criteria.

The Commerce Department’s Workforce Solutions division has recent experience administering a federal grant of this type, in partnership with local workforce development boards. A grant approved in response to Hurricane Matthew in 2016 is set to expire on Sept. 30 and has provided temporary employment to 668 people.

To apply for the Hurricane Florence temporary employment program, residents should visit their local NCWorks Career Center, which can be found by visiting ncworks.gov.

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Pender County Annex Auditorium Closed

PENDER COUNTY –  The auditorium located in the Pender County Annex, 15060 US Hwy 17 in Hampstead, has been closed due to damages to the ceiling and floor caused by water intrusion during Hurricane Florence.

Any groups or individuals who have reserved the auditorium will need to reschedule.

The time frame for repairs is not yet known, but we will notify the public as soon as that information is sufficiently definite to allow reservations to be accepted.

We regret the inconvenience which this may cause to anyone using the auditorium.  For more information call 910- 270-6704.

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