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REMINDER: DEQ to hold community meeting October 11 on the Lower Cape Fear River private well sampling

RALEIGH – The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will hold a community information meeting on Tuesday, October 11, at Roland-Grise Middle School in Wilmington. DEQ will share updates on private well sampling underway for PFAS contamination in New Hanover, Brunswick, Columbus and Pender counties.  Staff will also answer questions from the public about the private well sampling and alternate water supplies. 

When: Tuesday, October 11 at 6 p.m.

Where: Roland-Grise Middle School Auditorium

              4412 Lake Ave, Wilmington, NC 28403

              Speaker sign-up will be available upon arrival at the meeting.

At DEQ’s direction, Chemours is sampling for PFAS contamination in eligible private drinking water wells downstream of the Fayetteville Works Facility. Chemours is required to provide alternate water supplies to residents whose wells exceed specific action levels.

To have your well sampled, call Chemours at (910) 678-1100. Messages to the Chemours call line are monitored during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.); Chemours should respond within 24-to-48 hours starting on the next business day. Chemours is also sending letters to well owners/residents requesting information about primary drinking water sources and offering sampling.

Additional well sampling information for residents is available on the DEQ website:

PC Surplus Property for Sale on GovDeals: Parcel # 2373-58-7162-0000 located at 2907 Englishtown Road, Willard

Pender County has listed 2907 Englishtown Road in Willard, Parcel number 2373-58-7162-0000, was acquired by Pender County on 03/24/2016 through tax foreclosure proceedings, for sale on  All interested parties are encouraged to view the opportunities and bid through GovDeals.  It is the buyer’s responsibility to investigate the property prior to bidding. Winning bid is subject to seller approval.  Pender County reserves the right to accept or decline any and all bids.  In addition to the winning bid, the winning bidder will pay all closing costs including the seller’s representation fee of $400. The auction ends on 11/4/2022 at 8:45m ET.  View the auction here.


Pender County’s Auctions will be administered by GovDeals, an online auction service specializing in surplus government property liquidation. GovDeals will collect fees as outlined on each auction that will be passed on to the buyer.  All auctions are open to the public and there is no cost to register.   The general rules can be found here.

Andy Devane | Asset Manager
Pender County Finance Office

805 S. Walker St. Burgaw, NC 28425

Published notice of this process is pursuant to NC General Statutes.

Governor Cooper Urges Caution as North Carolina begins to feel Ian’s effects

Storm track has moved east with higher rain totals now expected in central North Carolina

Hurricane Ian made landfall in South Carolina at 2:05 PM

RALEIGH: Governor Cooper is urging North Carolinians to be safe and cautious during heavy rainfall, possible flooding and power outages as Hurricane Ian bears down on the state.

“Our message today is simple. Be smart and be safe. We’ve faced storms like this before and we know what to do,” Governor Cooper said. “Especially this weekend, I appreciate the efforts of emergency management officials, our national guard, state highway patrol, and other first responders to keep people safe.”

Widespread rainfall amounts of two to six inches are expected across the state going into early Saturday with locally higher totals up to eight inches. This rainfall could lead to flash flooding, coastal storm surge, landslides in the mountains, and rising rivers. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for all of North Carolina except southwestern portions of the state.

Gusty winds will continue on Friday, peaking in the afternoon and into the overnight hours going into Saturday. Western North Carolina could see gusts of up to 35-55 miles per hour. Most North Carolina counties are under a Wind Advisory into Saturday.

The State Emergency Response Team activated Thursday at the State Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh and moved to 24-hour operations on Friday morning and will continue through the weekend.

The NCDOT has reported ferry routes are shut down. For the latest information on road closures, visit More than 10,000 utility workers in the Carolinas are poised to respond to power outages when it’s safe to do so. More than 2,200 NCDOT officials prepared equipment and are on standby waiting to respond around-the-clock later today and into this weekend. Crews fueled up and prepared more than 221 motor graders, 376 backhoes and loaders, 1,440 chainsaws, and 1,368 trucks to cut and shove downed trees and debris from roads.

More than 29,000 homes and businesses were without power as of 1:30 pm.

Residents are advised to stay aware and keep a watch on the forecast for Friday and over the weekend. State officials advise these tips to make sure your family is personally prepared:

• Have multiple ways to receive emergency info, including watches and warnings. Make sure emergency alerts are enabled on your cell phone and download a weather app.
• Have an emergency plan. Know where you would go if you need to evacuate. Make a plan to stay with family, friends or at a hotel. Public shelters should be a last resort.
• Gather some emergency supplies or refresh your emergency kit. Visit for info on how to build an emergency kit.
• If you live at the coast, you should know if you live in a coastal evacuation zone. Visit to see if you are in a pre-determined evacuation zone. Learn your zone and listen for it if evacuations are ordered by local governments.
• Check to see if your community offers emergency alert services for its residents.
• Avoid unnecessary travel.


Pender County Government Offices Closed Sept. 30

BURGAW- Due to Hurricane Ian’s approach, Pender County government offices will be closed Friday, Sept. 30.

Any inspections scheduled by the planning department for Friday will be performed on Monday, pending the extent of the storm.

Pender County Emergency Management has activated the Emergency Operations Center and staff is monitoring the storm.

Pender County officials urge all residents to stay off the roads, secure property and stay alert to all warnings and weather reports.


Pender County Declares State of Emergency, effective Sept. 30, 8 a.m.

PENDER COUNTY – With Hurricane Ian approaching the East Coast, Pender County authorities declared a state of emergency effective Friday, Sept. 30, at 8 a.m.

“As of Thursday afternoon, Hurricane Ian was downgraded to a tropical storm. However, it’s possible this storm could strengthen over the Atlantic Ocean and once again become a Category 1 hurricane,” said Tommy Batson, Pender County Emergency Director. “The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will activate tomorrow morning, and we will continue to monitor this storm.”

Pender County Emergency Management urges all residents to prepare now for possible high winds, possible tornadoes, loss of electricity, and flash flooding.

Remember to secure all pets and have enough food and water for seven days.

Pender County Emergency Management will post updates on the Facebook page at and on the website If you need assistance call the EM office at 910- 259-1210.


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