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After the Storm: Debris Removal and Other Information

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Hurricane Isaias blew through the Cape Fear region on Monday night, and many residents are still cleaning up the mess. But each community does things a bit differently. Local government offices are up and running, so cleanup is the top priority. Here’s how local municipalities are handling post-Isaias operations:

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Be sure to dress appropriately for cleanup.

 New Hanover County

The county expects to begin collecting storm debris next week. 

Residents can begin stacking vegetative debris (branches and vines) within five feet of the curb, away from the street and drainage ditches, and three feet away from fire hydrants, street signs, mailboxes, and parked cars.

Household waste or construction debris will not be picked up, but can be brought to the New Hanover County Landfill (5210 U.S. Highway 421 North) during regular hours beginning Wednesday.

While storm debris removal takes place, there will be a burn ban in the unincorporated parts of New Hanover County. 

All New Hanover County offices, facilities, parks, and the landfill, as well as New Hanover County Courts, will resume regular business hours on Wednesday, August 5. A State of Emergency remains in effect for administrative, cleanup and recovery purposes in New Hanover County following impacts from Hurricane Isaias.

New Hanover County is partnering with the New Hanover Disaster Coalition, Cape Fear Food Council, Crisis Cleanup, and other community partners to provide storm-related support. The Crisis Cleanup Hotline will be open to support survivors of Hurricane Isaias. Anyone who needs help cutting fallen trees, tarping a roof, or other assistance can call 844-965-1386. More information will be available at EmergencyNHC.com.

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The Crisis Cleanup Hotline will be open to support survivors of Hurricane Isaias.

City of Wilmington

For the City of Wilmington, debris removal operations will begin Monday, August 10.

According to city spokesman Jerod Patterson: “Trucks may make two passes and additional trucks may be brought in depending on the demand for debris removal. Prior to removal operations, a map and instructions will be published to the city website and social media platforms.” 

Public Information Hotline: (910) 798-6800

City of Wilmington offices have resumed regular business hours.

Kure Beach 

Residents can begin stacking vegetative debris within five feet of the curb, away from the street, drainage ditches, and three feet away from fire hydrants, street signs, mailboxes and parked cars. Hurricane damage debris will be picked up in this service. Yard debris should be in separate piles from Hurricane debris (building, shingles and metal roofing). Household waste or construction debris will not be picked up. Pickups will continue until Thursday, August 13. Trash service will be Wednesday (south end) and Thursday (north end) to pick-up the Monday/Tuesday missed pickups. Recycling will recommence on Monday with the normal schedule.

Kure Beach offices have resumed regular business hours.

Wrightsville Beach

The Town of Wrightsville Beach will be picking up vegetative debris from August 4-14, 2020. Normal debris removal fees will apply for debris placed on the curb after August 14, 2020. 

Vegetative Debris should be placed by the curb as follows:

  • Only vegetative yard debris that is associated with the hurricane will be removed.

  • Do not cover meters, storm drains, clean-out valves or block fire hydrants.

  • All debris must be at the curb and not in the street.

  • All limbs must be less than 6 inches in diameter and cut in sections no longer than 6 feet in length.

  • All leaves and other loose debris should be bagged in a paper yard waste bag or piled on a tarp or blanket.

  • No other waste should be comingled with the vegetative debris.

Wrightsville Beach offices have resumed regular business hours.

Pender County

Pender County will not be picking up debris.

The Emergency Operations Center is open from 8:00am until 5:00pm.

Call 910-259-1210 for storm-related questions.

Pender County offices have resumed regular business hours.

Brunswick County

As of 10:45am Wednesday, August 5th, Brunswick County had not yet made a decision as to whether or not the county would be offering debris removal. Operations are otherwise normal.

For debris drop off, residents can visit the following locations 

A list of accepted items and any associated tipping fees for these sites can be found on Brunswick County's website

Brunswick County offices have resumed regular business hours.

Town of Leland

For debris drop off, residents can visit the following locations 

A list of accepted items and any associated tipping fees for these sites can be found on Brunswick County's website

The Town of Leland offices have resumed regular business hours.

Carolina Beach

Vegetative storm debris may include a combination of bundles and/or bags meeting the following criteria:

  • Please have debris placed by the right of way by 7:00 a.m. on Monday, August 10th. There is no need to call in to schedule a pick-up. 

  • Bundles shall consist of limbs and shrubs no longer than four feet in length.

  • Only paper bags shall be utilized.

  • Bundles and bags shall be 50 pounds or less each. Storm debris DOES NOT include land clearing, trimmings, prunings, or any other activity not associated with Isaiah. Please DO NOT place any debris on utilities such as meter boxes, cable boxes, manholes, etc.

Carolina Beach offices have resumed regular business hours.