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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  • by BECKY Location: OHIO on Aug 27, 2011 at 06:57 PM
  • by Darin Location: Upstate NY on Aug 27, 2011 at 06:31 PM
    I heard from my son. He is well but still in lock down on the base.
  • by XMidWayParker Location: Indiana on Aug 27, 2011 at 06:30 PM
    wondering how all the mobile homes and their residents faired the hurricane in the MidWay Park. blessings to all usmc !
  • by Joyce Location: Ohio on Aug 27, 2011 at 06:02 PM
    Okay, I feel better now. I just heard from my son and he is well. Said he's been outside in his car charging his cell phone. All is coming together in Onslow County. My prayers to all along the eastern coast and their families.
  • by Joyec Location: Ohio on Aug 27, 2011 at 05:25 PM
    I haven't heard from my son who is a Marine stationed at Camp Lejeune, but has his own apartment on New River Drive.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 27, 2011 at 03:26 PM
    Thank You Kristen. Probably just cell phone tower issues or power issues with cell phones loosing charge. the local news 7 WITN had a spokesman from Jacksonville on the live feed sounds like the worst is done in the area with curfews in affect.
  • by kristen on Aug 27, 2011 at 03:08 PM
    havent heard from my husband since this morning. he is stationed at camp lejeune...was texting then just stopped =( i hope hes ok and that cell phone is just not workin
  • by Darin Location: McHenry on Aug 27, 2011 at 02:26 PM
    Does anyone have any updated information on camp Lejuene?
  • by Darin Location: McHenry on Aug 27, 2011 at 02:11 PM
    Thanks for the post. Our Marine son is stationed at camp lejeune as well and we have not heard from him since 4PM yesterday cell phone must not be working. Prayers for all.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 27, 2011 at 11:31 AM
    Our marine just texted to say they have no water or electricity and were locked down in the barracks. He was told they'd be locked down all weekend.
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