Southport begins cleanup, prepares for fishing tournament

SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — In Southport, crews are working on cleanup and repair after Hurricane Florence claimed trees, flooded roads, and damaged buildings.

City Manager Bruce Oakley says parts of the city were hit hard with debris and water issues, but the city as a whole fared well.

Oakley says cleanup efforts have gone smoothly so far, and crews have been working seven days a week.

No word yet on what it will cost.

The city is in talks with FEMA.

“We’ve gone around not only individual properties looking at those, and we’re looking at our city properties and trying to assess the damage. We know our infrastructures suffered a lot due to the flow of water into our sewer system,” said Oakley.

“We’ve had several sewer collapses, and we’ve had road failures, so we have a lot to assess and try to come up with some numbers to repair,” he said.

Oakley says he expects the U.S. Open King Mackerel Fishing Tournament this weekend to help bring a sense of normalcy back to the city.

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