Jones County Courthouse repairs force reopening delay

TRENTON, NC (WITN) - The timeline to reopen the Jones County Courthouse following Hurricane Florence damage has been extended to July.

Jones County officials now say it will be another 3 to 4 months before repairs are complete at county courthouse.

The county manager previously said they'd hoped to reopen in March, but have now said repairs are taking longer than expected.

Governor Roy Cooper visited Trenton Tuesday afternoon and said its not just county offices like the courthouse, that's using
temporary locations outside of Trenton.

Cooper said, "A lot of people have temporary housing here, but the key is to get people into permanent housing."

The Governor discuss ongoing recovery and said it will take years, not months to make all the repairs to county offices, schools, and homes.

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One Eastern Carolina courthouse remains closed, more than a month after Hurricane Florence.

Jones County officials say their courthouse in Trenton will be closed through the rest of this year, and possibly longer.

The state announced today that court facilities, including the Clerk of Court, have moved to a new location, just outside of Trenton. That's at the old county administration building which is next to the Board of Elections.

The entire first floor of the courthouse is being gutted, while there was also some damage to the second floor where the Clerk of Court was located.

The first floor housed the jail and inmates have been relocated to Onslow and Craven counties. Some jail documents were damaged by the floor, and those are being frozen in attempts to dry them out and be saved.

Workers today continued to tear out the bottom floor, and mitigate mold and mildew that has formed in the courthouse.

The clerk of court said none of their documents were lost in the flood.