Hurricane Irene: News & Notes

Published 12:50 am Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Water service restored

Water service to about 90 percent of Beaufort County water customers south of the Pamlico River was expected to be restored Monday afternoon or evening, according to county officials. Service in some areas south of the river was disrupted as a result of the storm.

A boil-water advisory remains in effect until further notice for county water customers south of the river. Water should be boiled for a least one minute. Customers’ water may be discolored, but boiling it will make it safe to consume.

The advisory does not apply to Chocowinity or Aurora water customers.

Schools remain closed

Public schools in Beaufort County are closed today.

That closure applies to students and 10-month employees of the school system, Hodges said. The school system’s 12-month employees should contact their supervisor to find out if their workplace has power, then report to work only if their workplace has power and they can do so safely.

Salvation Army feeding hurricane victims

The Salvation Army’s mobile canteens will be serving two meals a day to residents in three Hyde County towns hit hard by flooding from Hurricane Irene.

The Salvation Army will serve one hot and one cold meal a day to people living and working in Engelhard, Scranton and Ponzer.

Water and ice are being distributed from local fire departments.

The Salvation Army also has rovers, vehicles that move from town to town, to deliver meals to population centers.

In other areas, the volunteer organization N.C. Baptist Men cooks the meals and the American Red Cross distributes them. The Salvation Army cooks and distributes meals.
Meals are being delivered in Beaufort, Craven, Dare, Hyde, Tyrrell, Bertie and Pamlico counties.

Club offers help

The Boys and Girls Club of Beaufort County is offering assistance to residents within the city limits of Washington. Those assistance efforts run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Washington residents who need assistance or know of anyone in the city who could use assistance should call 252-940-0139.

Trestle open

The railroad trestle that crosses the Pamlico River at Washington reopened Monday afternoon. Storm debris had jammed the mechanism that opens the trestle, but it was cleared, according to the city.