East Carteret High auditorium reopens following hurricane

CARTERET COUNTY, NC (WITN) It took six months and countless hours of work, but Friday, a high school here in the east was able to cut the ribbon on their newly renovated auditorium after it had extensive damage from Hurricane Florence.

The auditorium at East Carteret High School dealt with more than a foot and a half of storm surge when Hurricane Florence came through last September, but they were allowed to officially open it back up Friday.

Nearly every part of the auditorium was impacted by the storm and even the curtains and the seating had to be ripped out and replaced.

School administrators say the renovations cost $150,000 to complete.

While repairs were underway classes that rely on the use of the auditorium were forced to use classrooms and hallways, but after the ribbon cutting, students prepping for an upcoming musical were able to break in the stage with a sneak peek at their performance.

Katherine Steele, ECHS Principal says, "I kind of teared up a little bit watching them, cause one it was fantastic and I can't wait to see the entire musical but it just shows how resilient they are, there is so much that they are going through, a lot of these kids were displaced during the hurricane but this is what brought them together."

Officials with the Carteret County School system say Friday's event shows just how far repairs have come along in the wake of the storm.