No vegetative debris pick-up needed in Pender County

BURGAW – After damage assessment from Hurricane Dorian, Pender County Board of Commissioners agreed a county-wide vegetative debris pick-up is not necessary.

“Due to limited vegetative debris, we urge our residents to compost what little debris resulted from the storm,” said George Brown, Chairman of the Pender County Board of Commissioners.

Residents have several options to dispose of small limbs and leaves. Items may be composted or burned according to state regulations. Items may be deposited on private sites for a fee. Centrally located is Running Deer Landfill, 7390 NC Hwy 210, Rocky Point, is open to the public for a fee. Contact Running Deer Landfill at 910-604-3523.

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Conservation Advisory – September 6, 2019

Water customers of Pender County Utilities, in Pender County in the Hampstead and Scott’s Hill areas are advised to conserve water to the maximum extent possible today, Friday September 6, 2019 until further notice.  Due to a water main break in the western part of Pender County, the system has limited water availability to all areas served by Pender County Utilities.  While water pressures are currently within normal range in Hampstead and Scott’s Hill, there is the possibility that sufficient water may not be available to replenish the elevated water tanks in the area as water is used.  We expect this conservation advisory to be necessary through Sunday September 8th but will advise further as more information becomes available.

Customers are requested to use bottled water and other sources for water as much as possible.  Water customers are strongly urged to conserve water whenever possible until further notice.

This advisory remains in effect until further written notification is issued.

Chainsaws, Insects and Carbon Monoxide: Recovery Safety

PENDER COUNTY – As cleanup from Hurricane Dorian gets underway, Pender County EMS and Fire and the Pender County Office of Emergency Management urge residents to use caution.

“After the storm passes is time when we receive the most emergency calls,” said Woody Sullivan, Chief of Pender EMS & Fire. “We respond to chainsaw accidents, carbon monoxide poisonings from generators, and anaphylactic shock from bees and fire ants.”

“Wear protective clothing when working with a chainsaw,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Manager. “Wear goggles or safety glasses, hard toe shoes and leather gloves.”

Sullivan urges citizens to never place a running generator inside a home or garage.

“This results in carbon monoxide poisoning,” said Sullivan. “Always read the manual before operating a generator.”

Fire ants are a hazard after flooding forming rafts in order to survive. The raft of ant’s float on flood water. Fire ants can bite several times, causing a fierce reaction or apoplectic shock. Bees and wasps are also stirred by storms and flooding.

“Fire ants and bee stings can send people into anaphylactic shock,” said Collins.

“Be mindful of the equipment used in clean-up,” said Collins. “And be mindful of insects. Wear insect repellent with DEET.”

Sullivan also reminds citizens to stay hydrated during recovery efforts.

Pender County Emergency Management will post updates on the Facebook page at facebook.com/penderem and on the website http://www.penderem.com. If you need assistance call the EM office at 910- 259-1210.

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System Pressure Advisory – September 6, 2019

Water customers of Pender County Utilities, in Pender County, including Moore’s Creek Water District, Central Pender Water District, and Rocky Point/Topsail Water District west of 7390 NC Highway 210 are advised that due to a water main break and other Hurricane Dorian related failures, water service is currently unavailable or at below normal pressures as of late Thursday September 5, 2019 and Friday September 6, 2019.  This notice includes all areas served with water by Pender County Utilities west of  Interstate 40, as well as areas along and adjacent to NC 53 east of Burgaw, and areas along NC 210 north and west of 7390 NC Highway 210 (Running Deer Landfill).  Water service will not be available or at reduced pressures until water main repairs are completed later today, Friday September 6thWe expect water to be off for most of today while repairs are performed.

Water service will be returned upon completion of the repair work, although it will take several more hours for the system to fully re-pressurize.  Periods of low or no pressure in the distribution system increases the potential for back siphonage and introduction of bacteria into the water system.

Therefore, consumers in the areas noted above are advised to boil all water used for human consumption (including drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation) or use bottled water until this advisory is liftedThis advisory will be in effect for a minimum of 24 hours, but is likely to extend longer.

Vigorous boiling for one (1) minute should kill any disease-causing organisms that may be present in the water.

Water customers are strongly urged to conserve water whenever possible.

This advisory remains in effect until further written notification is issued.

Pender County Solid Waste Convenience Centers remain closed

PENDER COUNTY – All Pender County Solid Waste Convenience Center locations and the Hampstead Transfer Station will remain closed on Friday Sept. 6 due to Hurricane Dorian.

“All Pender County Convenience Centers and the Transfer Station will remain closed on Friday Sept. 6,” said Kenny Keel, Pender County Utilities Director.

“Once we are able to complete storm damage assessments, convenience center sites will open on a case-by-case basis as routes are determined for material transport,” said Keel.

Leaving garbage at closed convenience centers is illegal and violators will be prosecuted.

Watch Pender County’s website at www.pendercountync.gov or an announcement on Pender County’s Facebook page. Or call the utilities department at 910-259-1570, when county offices re-open.

Pender County Emergency Management will post updates on the Facebook page at facebook.com/penderem and on the website http://www.penderem.com. If you need assistance call the EM office at 910- 259-1210.

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System pressure drop in Rocky Point

BURGAW – Pender County Utilities customers in Rocky Point to US 421 are experiencing a water pressure drop. Utilities crews are looking for indications of a water break.

Watch social media for immediate updates on both the Pender County and Pender County Emergency Management Facebook pages.

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Pender County offices to close Friday due to Hurricane Dorian

BURGAW – Pender County government offices will close Friday, Sept. 6, due Hurricane Dorian.

All designated essential personnel required for emergency response are to report as scheduled.  Essential personnel should be sure to have their county issued ID badges so that they may travel during the enacted curfew.  The county-wide curfew hours are 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.

Pender County employees should watch media and emails for additional information.

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Pender County enacts curfew September 5, 2019

PENDER COUNTY – Pender County enacted a curfew effective Sept. 5. The curfew hours are 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. until further notice.

“The curfew is county-wide,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency manager. “It is important for our residents to stay off the roads.”

Due to high winds and rain from Hurricane Dorian, night time travel can be hazardous due to fallen trees, downed power lines, and debris.

“The only vehicles permitted on the roadways should be Pender EMS & Fire, law enforcement, and utility maintenance,” said Alan Cutler, Pender County Sheriff.

Pender County Emergency Management will post updates on the Facebook page at facebook.com/penderem and on the website http://www.penderem.com. If you need assistance call the EM office at 910- 259-1210.

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Pender County Emergency Operations offers text and email communications

PENDER COUNTY – Pender County Emergency Management, which has been fully activated since 7 a.m., Sept. 4, offers residents another communication option. Residents can text questions to emergency management by texting 910-620-9405 or email questions to PenderEOC@pendercountync.gov.

“We are fully staffed and monitoring Hurricane Dorian,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Management director.

“We urge residents who reside in travel trailers, substandard housing, and in low-lying area to seek shelter,” said Collins. “Hurricane Dorian will spawn tornadoes and later we will face hurricane force winds. Seek shelter before we reach the height of the storm.”

Collins said non-emergency questions can be texted, messaged on Facebook, or emailed into the Emergency Operations Center. Staff is ready to take your phone calls too. Call 910-259-1210.

Pender County Emergency Management will post updates on the Facebook page at facebook.com/penderem and on the county website, www.pendercountync.gov. If you need assistance call the EM office at 910- 259-1210.

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Chad McEwen named Pender County Manager

BURGAW – Pender County commissioners announced Chad McEwen is the new county manager. McEwen has served as Pender County Assistant County Manager for the last two years. Prior to working for Pender County, McEwen worked for the Town of Burgaw for 13 years, seven of which he was town manager.

“Chad has proven leadership and management skills,” said George Brown, chairman of the Pender County Board of Commissioners. “We are pleased he has agreed to step into the role of county manager.”

McEwen will replace Randell Woodruff, who is stepping aside to become Brunswick County’s new county manager.

McEwen is a graduate of the University of North Carolina – Wilmington with an undergraduate degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve as the county manager for Pender County,” said McEwen. “I greatly appreciate the confidence shown in me by the Pender County Board of Commissioners.”

McEwen will begin his new role as county manager effective Oct. 18.

McEwen is married and the couple have one son.

“I look forward to continuing to build upon the recent successes in Pender County,” said McEwen, particularly those endeavors that has made Pender County one of the most popular places in the country to live, work, and visit.

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