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UPDATED 8 am: Jacksonville & Onslow County Hanna Information

From the City of Jacksonville, 8 a.m. Saturday:

The previously ordered curfew by Jacksonville has been lifted. All shelters closed this morning at 10 a.m. and a total of 226 residents used the shelters.

Jacksonville has sustained no significant damage, the significant portions of the storm have passed, but severe weather is still possible.

Mayor Phillips and other City Officials are strongly urging Citizens to voluntarily stay off the streets of the City until the remainder of the storm passes.

Some minor flooding has occurred in the City. A few traffic lights are out. No significant damage has been reported. Scattered power outages are also reported, which may have caused some of the traffic lights to be out. The City has independent power available for major intersections.

Weather officials are still predicting heavy winds during the next few hours, but less than originally expected.

An assessment of the storm’s impact to the City is still ongoing, but the preliminary report indicated two traffic lights were without power; Lejeune Blvd and Corbin Road and South Marine and Georgetown Road. Minor flooding was reported on Shoreline Drive in the initial assessment. It is a traditionally flooded area because of its elevation and proximity to the New River.

It is expected that some residents will start gathering downed leaves and limbs during Saturday. Please pile your debris at the curb and not in the street. Pickups will resume next week and the debris will be collected as soon as possible.

Mayor Sammy Phillips released the curfew when the new information was received and consultations were made with other government organizations including the military and Onslow County Emergency Operations Center.



PREVIOUS RELEASE:

The previously ordered curfew by Jacksonville has changed because of a change in the speed and approach of Hanna.

The new curfew restricts movement from 11 PM Friday, September 5, 2008 until at least Noon, Saturday, September 6, 2008.

The curfew is part of a Declaration of Emergency made by Mayor Sammy Phillips at 6 PM, Thursday.

Mayor Phillips and other City Officials are strongly urging Citizens to voluntarily stay off the streets and roads of the City beginning at 7:30 PM today.

The 11 PM curfew allows emergency workers, law enforcement, emergency utility workers and elected and appointed county and municipal officials to operate as required.

Businesses must close at 11 PM. Essential businesses may apply for a business pass from the Jacksonville Police Department.

Mayor Sammy Phillips has urged residents to use prudent judgment and to stay off the streets of the City after dark and until the all clear is given.

Citizens are urged to stay away from areas where crews may be working to restore power or open streets.

As a result of the change in the approach of the storm, Jacksonville Transit, which had previously cancelled Express service Friday evening and was to resume services Saturday morning, has cancelled both the Friday Express Service and Saturday daytime service. Saturday Express service is expected to operate at this time, weather permitting.

Notes:

• It sets the curfew from 11 PM Friday to Saturday at Noon
• Businesses must close at 11 PM
• Essential businesses may get a business operation pass at the Jacksonville Police Department
• Businesses are encouraged to close after 7:30 PM to help protect their employees
• Citizens are urged to stay in after 7:30 PM.
• Everyone is encouraged to stay off the streets after 7:30 PM.


From Onslow County:

Onslow County Government Offices will close at 3 pm today.

The Onslow County Museum and all branches of the Public Library will be closed on Saturday, September 6, 2008. Only the Main Library Branch will reopen on Sunday from 1 pm to 5 pm.

Onslow County Public Beach Access Sites located at North Topsail Beach will be closed on Saturday the 6th.

Onslow County Regional Parks: Onslow Pines Park, Hubert By-Pass Park, Richlands/Steed Park, Stump Sound Park, Deppe Park in Hofmann Forest, Oakhurst Nature Park, will close at 6:30 pm on September 5 due to the County-wide curfew, which is in effect from 7:30 pm on September 5th through sunrise on September 6th.

The Onslow County Landfill will be open for regular business on Saturday from 12 pm to 5 pm and will accept storm debris.

All County offices will resume regular hours on Monday, September 8, 2008.

Onslow County strongly encourages all citizens to be safe during this time.


Storm Debris Removal

As county residents begin the clean up in the aftermath of Hurricane Hanna, many residents may be wondering what to do with the debris.

Residents considering burning their debris in the unincorporated areas of the county should know that the state open-burning rules are clear-- only leaves, branches, and other plant growth can be burned. That means no trash, lumber, shingles, building materials, including lumber and wood scraps.

A burn permit is required unless you are burning within 100 feet of an occupied building. In all other cases, a permit is required, regardless of whether you are burning just a small pile of leaves, or a large pile of fallen limbs. It does not matter if it has just rained. A permit is still required 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you burn, be sure to keep the fire under your control. You will be liable for any damages if an uncontrolled fire results. Permits can be obtained at several retail stores in the county.

The Onslow County Landfill at 415 Meadowview Road also accepts plant materials, as long as the plant material (yard waste) is separated from other trash. This fee will be $12.00 per ton. Other debris, such as shingles, plywood, etc. can also be disposed of at the landfill. Tipping fees will be charged according to the fee schedule at $45.00 per ton.

The Onslow County Landfill will be open from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Saturday, September 6, 2008.


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