WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Thousands of people remain without power in our area as crews continue to clean up from the latest blast of winter weather.
Morning rain and rising temperatures helped get rid of most of the ice that has felled tree limbs and power lines. At 10 p.m. Duke Energy Progress reported just over 15,000 customers in New Hanover County without power, more than 9,000 in Columbus, almost than 1,400 in Pender, about 1400 in Brunswick and nearly 1,600 in Bladen offline. Brunswick EMC had more than 5,500 customers still waiting for the lights to come on in Brunswick, Columbus, Bladen and Robeson counties.
Problems with a generator for the shelter at Noble Middle School in New Hanover County has led the operation to relocate to Codington Elementary School.
In Bladen County, shelters are open at Elizabethtown Middle School, Bladenboro Middle School and Clarkton School of Discovery, but one set up at the East Arcadia Fire Department will close at 5 p.m.
Columbus County has a shelter at Edgewood Elementary.
Two shelters that were open last night in Pender County closed this morning. The decision was later made to reopen the shelter at Burgaw Middle School at noon today.
If you go to a shelter, plan to bring bedding, food, water, medicine and anything else you may need.
Wilmington Police say there are several roads blocked, including many because of downed power lines. WPD says some major intersections still do not have power, including Oleander Dr. & Independence Blvd. and Wrightsville Ave. & Airlie Rd. Drivers are reminded to treat intersections where traffic signals are out as four-way stops.
Meanwhile, work crews are busy trying to clean up the mess the ice left behind. The City of Wilmington says major roads were cleared by 5 p.m. Wednesday with extra crews hitting the roads this morning to work on smaller streets and reports of downed trees. The city says debris may be left on the side of roads until crews can pick it up later.
City residents can call (910) 341-7852 to report trees or tree limbs blocking roadways within city limits. Call (910) 341-4646 to report flooding or other stormwater issues within city limits.
Leland will open the debris drop-off site at 187 Old Lanvale Rd from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday for residents. The town is not planning to have curbside pickup of residential storm debris.
New Hanover County has set up an Emergency Public Information Center to take calls from residents. The number is (910) 798-6800. A Spanish translator is available at (910) 798-6808.
New Hanover County also plans to pick up debris next week, but has not released a schedule yet.
With road conditions not as much of a concern, the NCDOT says it is moving its crews west. They are helping colleagues in the Piedmont, where snow yesterday has left roads in the Triad and Triangle slushy.