Dorian leaves $325,000 in damages, report impacts online

Published 6:03 pm Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Initial damage assessments from Hurricane Dorian have identified 24 properties throughout the county that were impacted by the storm, according to Beaufort County Emergency Services.

Estimates so far place the damages at approximately $325,000, including the total loss of a singlewide mobile home on Hickory Point Road, near Aurora. Assessments remain ongoing.

“We have requested a FEMA Damage Assessment Team and expect them in later this week,” Beaufort County Emergency Services Director Carnie Hedgepeth wrote in an email Tuesday. “They will perform a more detailed damage assessment.”

In the days after Dorian, emergency services activated an online reporting tool that allows area residents to report damages online. Hedgepeth said while assessments focused on waterfront areas, those with damages are encouraged to report using the online tool, which can be accesses at

“We do not feel we have damage enough in the county that will bring in any federal funds of assistance for those repairs, but it will be important to have accurate information on how much North Carolina was affected as a whole,” Hedgepeth said. “If people will use that self-reporting link, we would like to really urge people to go in (and do that). It takes five minutes tops to fill out that basic information and send that to us.”

A FEMA representative will then do a detailed evaluation of each property reported as damaged. In addition, the county has activated an emergency needs hotline at 252-940-6517. Emergency Services also reminds county residents that there will be no vegetative debris pickup in unincorporated areas. Residents are responsible for taking their vegetative debris to convenience sites or the county landfill.