New Hanover County leaders provide update on Florence recovery

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Volunteers set up supplies to be distributed at Port City Community Church in Wilmington on Sept. 18, 2018. (Photo: Monique Robinson/WWAY)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County and the City of Wilmington provided another update this morning on where things stand in the recovery from Hurricane Florence.

Here are some of the main points:

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  • If you want to help, check out the National Association of Voluntary Organizations
  • If you parked your car in a deck downtown during the storm, please start moving them out. If you’re out of town, you can leave them for now.
  • Debris pick-up will start Monday in Wilmington and New Hanover
  • Officials are asking folks out of town to stay where you are if you can. Routes in and out of the Wilmington area are changing constantly and cannot sustain interstate level traffic and are needed to get aid in.
  • Curfew now 10 p.m.-6 a.m. New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and Wilmington Police Department are reevaluating each day.
  • Duke Energy expects all power back online in New Hanover County by 11:45 p.m. Sunday
  • Got a resupply of water and MREs last night and getting more supplies
  • Ice is not available at POD centers, but is available at other places around town
  • Food stamp programs have been extended, can use SNAP to purchase prepared meals
  • 100 FEMA support staff here now, 100 more by end of the week
  • Hoggard High is still the county’s shelter. There are 471 people there, and it will remain open until it is no longer needed. There is room for more people who need shelter. Pets are welcome.
  • Working to bring people evacuated inland via Wave Transit home ASAP as long as it is safe and practical
  • Several medical and urgent care offices now open. Here’s a link to open facilities.