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Things to know as we recover:
Town now collecting all storm debris
The Town has been monitoring the amount of debris being placed within the right-of-way areas from Hurricane Florence. As residents continue to remove damaged items and construction debris from their homes and begin making repairs, and as more property owners are still coming to town to review damage and make repairs, we are seeing the piles growing on our streets. Due to the increased volume of debris, the Town has now activated our piggyback contract with Brunswick County for curbside disposal of all storm debris. There is a now tremendous amount of debris in Oak Island and Brunswick County, and cleanup efforts will still take some time. By following the instructions here and on the attached graphic, you can assist our contractor in being able to get our area cleaned up in an efficient manner and help our town clean up as soon as possible.
Residents should leave debris by the road for pick up and should sort it into six categories:
• Normal household trash (Utilize trash bins if possible)
• Vegetative debris (leaves – not bagged, logs – 3’ sections preferred, plants, tree branches)
• Construction and demolition debris (building materials, carpet, drywall, furniture, lumber, mattresses, plumbing)
• Appliances and white goods (air conditioners, dishwashers, freezers, refrigerators, stoves, washers, dryers and water heaters)
• Electronics (computers, radios, stereos, televisions, and other devices with a cord)
• Household hazardous waste (cleaning supplies, batteries, lawn chemicals, oils, oil-based paints and stains, and pesticides). Click here or see the graphic below for more details.
Debris should be placed in between the sidewalk and the road; debris placed from the sidewalk toward your property will not be picked up. Citizens who do not have a sidewalk, ditch or utility line in front of their home should place debris at the edge of their property near the curb or edge of the road. Placing debris near or on fire hydrants, water meters, sewer manholes, cleanouts, trees, poles or other structures makes removal difficult. Residents should also not block storm drains with debris.
Crews will move through Oak Island and the County several times collecting debris. The Town will not be able to provide information on when specific neighborhoods/streets will be cleared as those decisions are at the discretion of the contractor in order to complete town-wide debris removal in the most efficient manner possible.
The Oak Island Site on Airport Rd. will be in operation on the normal Friday and Saturday rotation (from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Friday and the first Saturday of the month – October 6 for this month. Click here to see what items can be taken to the Town’s site: https://www.oakislandnc.com/…/ResidentialSolidWasteCollection.pdf). Tip fees will remain in place at the Brunswick County landfill, in accordance with FEMA requirements.
Convenience Site (Airport Road) open Fridays and the first Saturday of the month
Oak Island’s Convenience site (for brown and white goods), is open every Friday and also the first Saturday of every month, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. We do not accept recycling at the convenience site. As a reminder, Town of Oak Island Convenience site does NOT take construction (destruction) debris of any kind. For more information about items accepted at the Convenience Site, click here. For more information on Brunswick County sites and fees, please go to http://www.brunswickcountync.gov/solid-waste-and-recycling for locations, hours and associated fees.
Public Works resumed mosquito spray patrol 9/24/18. We will continue spraying weekly through the rest of the mosquito season. Last night we sprayed Zones 2 & 4, and we will get the remaining two zones tonight or tomorrow, weather permitting. As a reminder, the zones are the same zones we follow for Yard Debris removal and are listed below. Typical spray times are between 5:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. depending on weather conditions. Our mosquito sprayers are equipped with Smart Flow Technology providing the driver with increased treatment flexibility and improving the accuracy of each application. We spray areas based on federally mandated criteria provided under our pesticide licensing.
It must be understood that the application of insecticides during our routine spray operations is always done via a mode of delivery approved by the EPA, with applications made at concentrations that are either always very diluted or at Ultra-Low Volume (ULV) rates, and which are not done very frequently for any given site. As such, in real world use, these application conditions have allowed the EPA to scientifically conclude that when all product label language and instructions are followed, use of our mosquito control insecticides “poses no unacceptable risks to human health, wildlife or the environment.”
As a precautionary measure ONLY, people and pets should go indoors when they see the mosquito sprayer coming. People with severe allergies should notify Kennette Tower with the Public Works Department at 910-201-8083 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information regarding what you can personally do to control mosquitos, please visit http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/ent/notes/Urban/mosquito.htm#control
Mosquito Zones (same as Yard Debris zones)
- Zone 1 – Middleton to the West end of the island
- Zone 2 – NE/SE 1st St. through NE/SE 40th St.
- Zone 3 – NE SE 79th St. through NE/SE 41st St.
- Zone 4 – Crowell through Yaupon Way & all areas off the island within Town limits
Trash and Recycling Collection
Sonoco Recycling, the recycling processing plant for Waste Industries, will resume normal operations Monday morning. Beginning Monday, recycling schedules will pick back up as normal. PLEASE NOTE: Residents who have extra RECYCLING overflow – please DO NOT bag it. It can be put in open box or small personal container, but NO BAGS. Thank you for your patience during this time. Trash collection routes are also running on a normal schedule.
Info from Brunswick County about hiring Contractors
Citizens making repairs following Hurricane Florence can verify licenses for any contractors licensed in North Carolina with the NC Licensing Board. Citizens can go to https://nclbgc.org/ to verify North Carolina contractors’ licenses. Following a storm, citizens should be cautious about door-to-door offers of repair services and fliers or business cards that are left in the front door. Citizens should never pay for repairs in cash, and should remember that contractors may not undertake projects in North Carolina where the cost is $30,000 or more unless they hold a license from the North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors. More tips for protecting yourself while hiring a contractor to make repairs are available from the North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors at https://nclbgc.org/books/NCLBGC%20Disaster.pdf. Citizens should remember that Brunswick County is not endorsing contractors or vendors, and Brunswick County Public Utilities has not authorized any vendors to make repairs to utility lines on their behalf. If citizens encounter someone making such a claim or suspect a scammer in Brunswick County, they can report it to 911, 910-253-2777, or 910-253-5383.
If you need a building permit to make repairs, please call Development Services at (910) 278-5024. Permitting fees will be waived for storm-related repair work.
General Info from the Town
- There is an area of East Beach Drive at East 55th that is closed.
- Please drive slowly where you see crews working.
Applying for Assistance or Making a Flood Insurance Claim
- Click here if you need information about filing for assistance with FEMA: FEMA assistance for individuals
- Click here for info about making a flood insurance claim
- Brunswick County is among the counties declared for Disaster Unemployment Assistance from the NC Division of Employment Security. You can view that agency’s release with more information at https://des.nc.gov/DocumentViewer?Filename=PRGeneral/NR_Florence_EightCounties_Sept17_M.pdf. Individuals may contact DES by calling 1-866-795-8877 from 8AM to 5 PM to apply for DUA benefits. If you have additional questions, you may email DES at email@example.com or go to their website at des.nc.gov.
- Click here for information from the US Small Business Administration regarding disaster loan assistance: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/