BEAUFORT COUNTY: Evacuation Orders, Curfews

By: Brittany Creamer
By: Brittany Creamer

Due to the extreme conditions created by Hurricane Irene, outages are widespread throughout the City of Washington�s electric service area. City crews have restored power to more than 9,500 customers. City crews are working diligently to ensure that power is restored to the remaining 4,000 customers; however, outages may extend for several days. Outages should be reported to 252-975-9320.

The City of Washington Sanitation Department will pick up storm debris that is left curbside. The collection process will begin once all roads within the City have been cleared.

During the Hurricane Irene recovery period, the City of Washington encourages its residents to beware of scams and price gouging. The City encourages all residents to check for proper licenses and insurance from all potential contractors to combat possible fraud.]

A list of licensed contractors will be available at City Hall in the Customer Service department beginning Monday, August 29.

City crews continue to work diligently to restore all services in a safe and timely manner. The City asks for your patience as we recover from the devastation of Hurricane Irene.

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Mandatory evacuation orders are in place for low-lying and flood-prone areas of Washington and Beaufort County.

The county defines low lying areas as any area where residents are required to purchase flood insurance or areas where residents have had flooding or rising water in past rain or wind events.

There is a voluntary evacuation order for the rest of Washington.

A curfew will take effect in Washington at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, just after midnight on Friday night.

Shelters are open at PS Jones Middle School and Washington High School beginning at 6 p.m.

You can call Beaufort County Emergency Operations Center at (252)946-2046 for more information.

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  • by CHARLES THIGPEN on Aug 28, 2011 at 05:51 PM
  • by Sandra Location: Virginia on Aug 27, 2011 at 08:40 AM
    Close family lives in Chocowinity and Smallwood; do anyone know 1)if those areas are flooded, and 2)where were the residents evacuated to? Thank you.
  • by Out of towner Location: Ohio on Aug 26, 2011 at 09:16 PM
    My mother lives on Minuteman Lane. Is that considered low-lying? Thanks!
  • by Charles Location: Chocowinity on Aug 26, 2011 at 07:31 PM
    HOW TO DETERMINE IF YOU LIVE IN A FLOOD ZONE (low lying area): visit Click on the map of NC and a second window will open. Type your address in the box's provided and click on the large arrow to the right of the "ZIP" box. A flood map in gray scale will appear. Your location will be plotted on the map along with any flood zones. The flood zones will be in color. If your location is plotted in the colored zones, especially the magetna-pink zone, you live in an area determined to be a flood zone. I am a Professional Land Surveyor and work with these maps frequently. They are seldom wrong. Good Luck.
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      by Out of towner on Aug 26, 2011 at 10:15 PM in reply to Charles
      Didn't work for me.
  • by jason Location: west 2nd street on Aug 26, 2011 at 05:53 PM
    cops came threw here and did anouncment on there pa system saying manditory evac. all the neighbors are laughing and having fun. this should be intersting.
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      by Lesha on Aug 26, 2011 at 07:13 PM in reply to jason
      I dont beleive it's gonna do much...
  • by Marie on Aug 26, 2011 at 04:28 PM
    Please update your evacuation and curfew times for Beaufort County. There are several business that do not believe Beaufort Co. has a 10pm curfew Friday night.
  • by Clearing things up Location: Washington, NC on Aug 26, 2011 at 02:31 PM
    The curfew period runs from 12:01 a.m. Saturday until the state of emergency is lifted (to be decided). The curfew hours are each 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. block of time until the state of emergency is lifted. That means people may move about from 5 a.m. Saturday to 10 p.m. Saturday. They may move about from 5 a.m. Sunday to 10 p.m. Sunday and so on until the state of emergencyis lifted.People with good reasons — going to work, leaving work or trips to a hospital — won't be punished for being out during those hours.
  • by Bambi Dickerson Location: washington nc on Aug 26, 2011 at 01:29 PM
    just was wondering what we might be looking for are we going to be in the extreme area we live in front of the beaufort county college.
  • by OSOC Location: Washington on Aug 26, 2011 at 01:04 PM
    Simple, if you have had water in your house during Dennis or the other fine hurricanes, you are low lying. If you are worried about wakes from trucks going by would damage you house, you are low lying. If you have lost cars in floods in your yard or if you cannot leave during a storm due to water...I think that would define it. If you are new to the area, check with you neighbors. A lot of roads in Washington will flood on Saturday morning so you will not be able to get out. Once you are trapped, it will not be easy to rescue you. I think that is why they want the city evacuated. This last update has Washington getting hammered by this storm. I pray all will be safe through this. The elderly should already be in the shelters. If you parents aren't, you need to take them in or take them to a shelter. Be Safe!
  • by Resident Location: Washington on Aug 26, 2011 at 11:38 AM
    Has anyone defined exactly where the low lying areas are in Washington, or do the leaders consider all of Washington to be in a low lying area?
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      by Kat on Aug 26, 2011 at 03:33 PM in reply to Resident
      the majority of Washington city limits is in the flood plain....
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