SOUTHEAST N.C. — Hurricane Florence has taken its toll on the Cape Fear region with flooded roads, damaged buildings, and fatalities which is why several local area school systems have announced continued closures for the upcoming week.
According to Pender County Schools Facebook, “School based emergency shelters throughout Pender County suffered damages but are still continuing to house approximately 1,000 people. There has been substantial damage to multiple school buildings that will need to be repaired prior to the safe return of students. Continued obstacles are expected as flood waters rise and our community service is expanded. Due to these facts, Pender County Schools will be closed for students and staff for the upcoming week, September 17-21. Please continue to monitor our communication systems and other media outlets for further school updates.”
New Hanover County
New Hanover County schools are also closed according to the school system’s social media — an update will be made next week as to when schools will re-open.
Brunswick County Schools are also closed all of next week.
“UNCW has committed to give students and employees a minimum of 72 hours’ notice before we reopen. We do not expect to announce a date until early next week (meaning we expect to announce the reopen date early next week, NOT that we will be reopening then!). Campus remains closed and until we are are to effectively assess damages – which we can’t do until the storm eases some – we don’t have info on the reopen, the effect on the academic calendar or any potential effect on December commencement,” according to Janine Iamunno UNCW spokesperson.
According to a statement from CFCC, Cape Fear Community College will remain closed at all campus locations until further notice, due to the regional impact of Hurricane Florence. All events at all CFCC campuses, as well as all athletic events and practices have been canceled. Additional updates will be provided as more information becomes available. In the meantime, everyone is urged to follow the direction of emergency officials regarding public safety and travel after this serious event. CFCC will continue to provide information and updates to local news media outlets, the College’s social media accounts, cfcc.edu and via the CFCC Emergency Information hotline at 1-877-799-2322.”