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Isais Aftermath: Cleaning Up, Restoring Power




Wilmington woke up on Tuesday to downed trees and powerlines, and with more than half of the Cape Fear region without power. 

The yard was full of debris and there were some, uh, big branches down in the backyard, no damage, but it was sort of surprising. [Freund: How so?] I just wasn't expecting it to be like that to be sort of a mess, you know?

That’s Susan Francey. She slept through most of Hurricane Isaias, which made landfall as a Category 1 Hurricane Monday night. One of her neighbors didn’t sleep quite so soundly. 

Well, the power went out and I was afraid of the dark. So I had to go and sleep with my mommy and daddy for the rest of the night.

That’s Beatrix Franklin. Her mom, Kelly Franklin, spent much of Tuesday morning cleaning up branches around their yard. 

We had a little, a small branch land on our chicken coop, but the chickens were fine. I think we were, you know, luckier than some with trees.

As of Tuesday afternoon, more than 200,000 people across the state were still without power. And as Wilmington struggles back to normal, one resident looked on the bright side:

Everywhere I've gone to the drivers have been incredibly polite. Traffic stopping on the major roads will let people make left turns and get across, without any sort of police direction or anything. Everywhere, everyone has been amazingly polite and it's so refreshing.

For the next few days, the cleanup will continue.



Credit Nina de Gramont
A large downed tree near Masonboro Loop and Pine Grove.


Credit Katelyn Freund
Most of the lights on Market St. remained dark throughout Tuesday.

Katelyn Freund is a nonfiction student at UNCW's MFA Creative Writing program. She holds degrees in Spanish and English. In her time not spent working as WHQR's CoastLine Producer, she enjoys shooting pool, humor writing, and snacking.