UPDATE: MCAS New River Back To Normal Operations

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

The commanding officer of MCAS New River has declared the air station open for normal operations even though several facilities sustained significant damage. .At 6:15 p.m. Sunday, MCAS New River set Destructive Weather Condition V.

Delalio Elementary School aboard the air station and Camp Lejeune dependent schools will be open tomorrow under normal conditions.

Most aircraft ordered to evacuate the area before Hurricane Irene reached Eastern North Carolina last week have returned to the air station in order to support potential post-storm operations. Remaining aircraft will return over the next several days.

Power has been restored to the majority of the air station and ower line and clean-up crews are working to repair remaining storm damage. The majority of damage to the installation is isolated to fallen trees and downed power lines, which has delayed the restoration of power to installation residents.

Several streets in Jacksonville are barricaded as a result of flooding and power is out in scattered areas around the City.

The City's curfew is in effect until 8PM at this time, and travel is not advised.

City crews are preparing for the peak of the storm, with some crews out at this hour. Police and Fire are still answering calls for service, but residents are urged to only call 9-1-1 for emergencies.

The City of Jacksonville Citizen's Phone Bank is available to take non-emergency calls. The number is 910 938-5200.

Power, cable and telephone outages should be reported to the utility companies responsible for those services.

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At 11 p.m., Marine Corps Air Station New River and Camp Lejeune set Destructive Weather Condition I Emergency. Personnel are strongly encouraged to stay in one place and position themselves where they will be prepared to sit out the storm.

Emergency shelter locations for residents will remain open until the hurricane passes.

The primary shelter at MCAS New River is at the Fitness Center and the Secondary shelter is at the Enlisted Club.

At Camp Lejeune all but essential operations are secured, traffic is ceased, personnel and base residents are urged to remain indoors and dining facilities are closed until the passing of the destructive weather event.

As of 11:30 p.m. Camp Lejeune was experiencing scattered power outages as the result of downed power lines and there are reports of some downed trees, according to officials in the base emergency operations center.

Camp Lejeune shelters remain open, with approximately 70 people currently seeking refuge at these facilities.

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