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Curfews, trash pickup and supply distribution: what you need to know after Florence

As residents return to their homes there are some things locals should keep in mind including curfews (Port City Daily/File)
As residents return to their homes there are some things locals should keep in mind including curfews. (Port City Daily/File)

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — As things begin to return to normal in the Cape Fear region after Hurricane Florence, residents who stayed, as well as those returning to their homes, have some things they should know. From curfews to emergency supply distribution points, things are not quite ‘business as usual.’

Brunswick County and surrounding municipalities

In the Town of Leland, curfew for Tuesday has been changed to begin at 10 p.m. until 5 a.m.

“As power returns to the area, we ask that you please remember emergency crews are still out on the roads working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible,” town officials asked via a Facebook post.

Brunswick County is offering water, food and tarps for those in need.

According to Brunswick County, “Water packets, food packets and tarps are being flown in for distribution at South Brunswick Middle School, 100 Cougar Drive in Boiling Spring Lakes, Northwest Park 1937 Andrew Jackson Highway NE in Leland and Spring Lake Park, 210 Pine Road in Boiling Spring Lakes.”

For a list of stores and restaurants opening check the master list Port City Daily is keeping, and updating frequently.

Waste removal and debris in Brunswick County should be held for the time being as the county assesses its needs.

“The county is currently working on assessing areas to see what our residents are dealing with. These assessments are crucial in determining a plan of action for disaster recovery. Residents, that are beginning the cleanup process, are asked to keep vegetative/yard debris separate from any construction/demolition debris. If residents have other materials, such as appliances, metal, tires, hazardous waste, and/or electronics, we ask that they are kept separated as well,” according to a statement from the county.

New Hanover County and Wilmington

In New Hanover County a curfew is in effect from 8 p.m. – 6 a.m. until further notice.

Three Point of Distribution Sites (PODS) will open at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18. These sites will offer Meals Ready to Eat, water, and tarps to residents of New Hanover County.

View a map of PODS locations.

  • North POD. 5301 Sidbury Road, Castle Hayne.
  • Central POD. CFCC campus, 700 N. Front Street (between Brunswick & Hanover streets). THIS LOCATION WILL ALSO HAVE A WALK-UP OPTION.
  • South POD. Veteran’s Park, 840 Halyburton Memorial Parkway.

Trash in Wilmington: A limited number of personnel were able to get to work for trash/recycling collection for city customers. The week of Sept. 17 is a GREEN recycling week. As available personnel allow, here’s the schedule for trash/recycling this week:

  • Tuesday: Tuesday customers will be picked up on Tuesday as normal
  • Wednesday: Monday customers will be picked up on Wednesday
  • Thursday: Thursday customers will be picked up on Thursday as normal
  • Friday: Friday customers will be picked up on Friday as normal

Storm debris for city trash customers will be picked up by DRC Emergency Services, which is the separate company contracted by the city to handle the large volume of storm debris from Hurricane Florence. Residents are asked to put out their storm debris by the curb as soon as it is ready for pickup.

County and city government closures can be found online.

Pender County

The following sites will be Red Cross distribution centers:

  • Maple Hill VFD, 115 Old Maple Hill Rd., Maple Hill
  • American Legion, 16660 Hwy. 17, Hampstead
  • Penderlea VFD, 4005 NC Hwy 11, Penderlea
  • The old Bank of America, 102 E. Fremont St., Burgaw
  • EMS Station, 14388 Hwy 210, Rocky Point

The following drop sites for relief items will be:

  • Lighthouse Church, 98 S. Trade Way, Rocky Point
  • Atkinson, 700 E. Church St., Atkinson
  • Maple Hill, 115 Old Maple Rd., Maple Hill
  • Hampstead Kiwanis Park, 586 Sloop Point Loop Rd., Hampstead

For assistance of food, toiletries, and cleaning products, visit:

  • Share the Table, 12395 Hwy. 50, Surf City (call 910-616-8897 for hours)
  • Gateway Baptist Church, 416 W. Bridgers St., Burgaw
  • Lighthouse Church, 98 South Trade Way, Rocky Point.

Monetary donations may be made to the American Red Cross, Gateway Community Church, Pender Christian Services, Baptist Men of North Carolina, and Lighthouse Church, and Share the Table.

Michael Praats can be reached at

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