ONSLOW: Damage Assessment Teams Heading Out

The City of Jacksonville says it is working to remove the trees fallen into City streets, and may cut and push aside in an effort to clear as many streets as possible. The City is expected to return to clean up trees that have fallen into public streets later.

Some traffic lights are operating with generator power, and some are out. Traffic can be difficult in some of these areas. Drivers are reminded when arriving at a stoplight that is not working you must treat it as a four way stop.

All City sewer lift stations are now operating with only minor issues reported. Some remain on generator power. A minor sewer overflow during the storm has been reported to the State. No action was required to clean it up.

The City has four Damage Assessment teams inspecting the City. It is believed that at least one building will be condemned as a result of the initial assessment.

Please avoid the urge to go 'sightseeing.' Utility crews are out trying to restore power and other utilities. The city says you can get in their way if you enter areas where streets are congested.

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Assessment teams teams are fanning out across Onslow County this morning to begin documenting damage from Hurricane Irene.

At the peak of the storm nearly 800 people were staying at the six Red Cross shelters and a special needs shelter that were open. Two shelters have already closed, Swansboro High and Southwest Middle, as the county decreases the number based on the need.

Onslow County will be giving out its entire reserve stock of emergency plastic so people can cover their damaged homes. That will be given out on a first come basis at the following locations: Swansboro Public Library, Onslow County Government Complex located on Highway 258, and the Onslow County Museum in Richlands. Distribution of plastic will begin today at noon.
One roll of plastic per household will be available until supplies run out.

Residents should continue to exercise extreme caution when traveling, as debris and power lines may still obstruct roadways.

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The Town of North Topsail Beach will begin allowing the public onto the island at 3:00 p.m. today.

The public can enter the town by way of the 210 high rise bridge or through the south end of the town at Surf City. Hurricane passes are not needed.

There is a power line down over the road on the south end, but traffic will be detoured around it. ONWASA is in the process of restoring water to the Town.

The roads are wet and there is ponding in some areas. Town officials are asking people to drive safely as they enter town.

The Town is reporting minimal structural damage from the storm. For those who may not be able to come back to check their property, there will be video footage of the town on the Town's website (ntbnc.org). It will be posted within the next day.

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North Topsail officials tell WITN that currently all services are closed and crews are working to asses the damage from Hurricane Irene.

Officials say that the major problem at the beach is flooding and trees down from strong winds.

2:00 p.m. today will be a meeting with officials to decide when to reopen the high rise bridge. Surf City is open according to officials.

The North Topsail Town Manager tells WITN conditions are beginning to worsen at North Topsail Beach around 1:00 p.m. Saturday.

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Officials decided to end the curfew enacted for Topsail Beach early, at 10 a.m. Saturday. Officials urge residents to re-enter with caution.

Officials report minimal structural damage to homes, included some shingles and siding. The town did not lose power.

Several dunes were breached, according to officials. They say the north end was the hardest hit at Marina Way and River Road. On the south end, Topsail Road had over wash with 2 feet of sand.

Town officials say Hurricane Irene jogged to the east and then to the west as it approached. Gusts were from 50 to 60 mph with sustained winds from 35 to 45 mph.

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  • by Gloria Location: Wake Forest on Aug 27, 2011 at 10:17 AM
    Are conditions improved enough for us to return to North Topsail???
  • by Ed Location: Milford, OH on Aug 27, 2011 at 09:17 AM
    Any word on the 3800 area of Island Drive?
  • by anne Location: sneads ferry on Aug 27, 2011 at 08:22 AM
    so i just called the sherriff dept. and they tell me they have not heard of any early curfews for the beach. we are trying to get back home but we dont know what curfew to go by. so is it really 10am today or 9am tomorrow?
  • by Pam Location: Durham on Aug 27, 2011 at 07:49 AM
    Any word on conditions at Rogers Bay? So good to have these reports.

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