Wilmington says Matthew caused minimal infrastructure damage

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Water Street looking north toward Market Street during Hurricane Matthew. Despite the flood waters, city officials on Sunday said the city's infrastructure suffered minimal damage during the storm. (Photo by Hannah Leyva.)
Water Street looking north toward Market Street during Hurricane Matthew. Despite the flood waters, city officials on Sunday said the city’s infrastructure suffered minimal damage during the storm. (Photo by Hannah Leyva.)

WILMINGTON — An early assessment of the damage caused by Hurricane Matthew revealed minimum damage to Wilmington’s infrastructure and city facilities, the city announced Sunday morning.

“At this point, city operations are expected to resume a regular schedule tomorrow,” Communications Manager Malissa Talbert wrote in an email. “All city operational emergency management centers have been shut down, but crews remain in the field, with clearing trees from roadways as first priority.”
It marks a stark difference to first appearances as the rains subsided Saturday afternoon and downtown Wilmington’s Riverwalk found itself underwater.
Hurricane Matthew is to blame for nine deaths in North Carolina, Governor Pat McCrory said in his morning briefing. He is currently working with the Obama Administration regarding emergency disaster relief for the roads, bridges and beaches damaged throughout the state by the storm.
In Wilmington, yard debris pick up will be on regular schedule next week for city trash customers.
Here are tips Talbert offered to help speed up debris pick-up:
  • Limbs must be no more than 4 feet in length and 6 inches in diameter.
  • City trash customers can set out up to 7 cubic yards of yard waste for pick up at one time. This is equal to a pile approximately 5-feet wide, 11-feet long and 3½-feet high – about the same size as eight large size garbage or recycling carts. If volume exceeds this amount, it will not be picked up next week.
  • All loose yard waste (grass clippings, pine straw, vines, pine cones and leaves) should be in a bag or container.
  • Do not mix non-organic items (roofing tiles, scrap lumber, rocks, etc.) with yard waste.

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