Tropical Storm Warning and Flash Flooding Watch Ahead of Michael

TROPICAL STORM WARNING AND FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FOR BRUNSWICK COUNTY

10/10/18 at 5:00 p.m.

A tropical storm warning is now in effect for Brunswick County as Hurricane Michael moves towards our area after making landfall this afternoon along the Florida Panhandle. The Towns of Caswell Beach and Oak Island have not issued any evacuation orders as of this posting. The City of Southport has issued a voluntary evacuation order.

The latest weather briefing from the National Weather Service states that our area is likely to see tropical storm force winds Thursday. Our area is expected to see between 2 to 5 inches of rain, with locally higher amounts possible. A flash flood watch is also in effect. The highest risk for storm surge is Thursday with each high tide. Tornadoes are possible as well, especially Thursday.

Guests are encouraged to stay aware of the latest weather updates for our area by watching local news stations like WECT and national news stations like The Weather Channel.

 

Precautionary Ocean Water Quality Advisory and Brunswick County State of Emergency Lifted

Oak Island Accommodations continues to welcome check-ins even as our administrative staff operates from a small satellite office while our main office is under repair. Approximately a foot of water entered our building during Hurricane Florence and we ask for your continued patience and understanding as we work to answer the high volume of calls and emails we are receiving from property owners, current guests, future guests and past guests. Any guests whose vacation rental property will not be rentable on their arrival date will be contacted directly by our office with options. All guests who do not receive notice that a move is necessary will be checked into their original rental property.
 
Conditions on the island and in Southport continue to improve every day:
 
  • The State of Emergency declaration in Brunswick County was lifted as of 9:30 a.m. today.
  • The precautionary ocean water quality advisory has been lifted for most swimming site in Brunswick County. For all the details on this update follow this link and click on the press release dated 10/2/18.
  • There is no longer a low pressure (boil water) advisory.
  • Sewer has been restored on the island.
  • Provisions at area grocery stores are being resupplied.
  • Floodwaters have receded allowing for many of the major thoroughfares to Brunswick County to reopen. For current road closures visit DriveNC.gov.
  • Many businesses have re-opened and the U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament will continue this weekend.
 
Though there is much work to be done on our main office and at some rental properties, we are working as quickly as conditions and resources will allow to open the doors of all of our vacation rentals again. In the mean time, we want to send a sincere thank you to all of our customers who continue to keep our staff and our area in your thoughts and prayers. Those who have chosen to share kind words and support have had a profoundly uplifting impact on our office and we are extremely grateful.

Precautionary Water Quality Advisory in Effect

The towns of Oak Island and Caswell Beach shared that a precautionary water quality advisory is in effect for Brunswick County. Residents and visitors, including fishermen, who cannot avoid contacting those waters should exercise caution, limit wound exposure, and thoroughly wash their hands.

“Excessive rains, flooding from Hurricane Florence may cause high bacteria levels in coastal waters

MOREHEAD CITY – State recreational water quality officials are advising the public to avoid swimming in all coastal waters of North Carolina following Hurricane Florence.

“Excessive rains and flooding can cause high levels of bacteria in the water that can make people sick,” said J.D. Potts, manager of the N.C. Recreational Water Quality Program. “Floodwaters and storm water runoff can contain pollutants such as waste from septic systems, sewer line breaks, wildlife, petroleum products and other chemicals.”

Excessive flooding may also lead to the pumping of floodwaters, sanitary sewer malfunctions, overflowing manholes and lift stations failures that could discharge into coastal waters.

While state officials will not have immediate laboratory confirmation that disease-causing organisms are in the water, there is an increased chance that contamination will be present following the storm, and those swimming have an increased chance of adverse health effects.

Residents and visitors should avoid swimming in all coastal waters until testing indicates bacteria levels meet state and federal standards. Testing will begin as soon as conditions are safe to do so and areas are accessible. The advisory will be lifted in part or in whole as test results become available.

Because waters affected by the storm likely will be widespread, signs will not be posted.

Recreational water quality officials sample 209 sites throughout the coastal region, most of them on a weekly basis from April to October. Testing continues on a reduced schedule during the rest of the year, when waters are colder.

For more information about coastal recreational water quality, visit the N.C. Recreational Water Quality Program’s website at: http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/recreational-water-quality or on Twitter.com @ncrecprgm.”

 

Check-ins Have Resumed, Southport Boil Water Advisory Lifted

Post Florence Update – 9/26/18
 
Oak Island Accommodations has resumed check-ins. All guests who were scheduled to check in between 9/22/18 and 9/30/18 should have received an email with check-in instructions and updates concerning the condition of their vacation rental (check your junk folder too, as some inboxes will place our messages there). Property owners should log into OwnerWeb and visit the “News and Info” section for important information during the recovery process. Guests who were scheduled to check-in during the period when Hurricane Florence was making landfall should watch for an email coming in early October with further information.
 
There continue to be some circumstances on the island that could necessitate a move if situations do not improve by the time of a guest’s arrival. These include:
 
CASWELL BOIL WATER ADVISORY – The Town of Caswell Beach remains under a boil water advisory. We are hoping to hear that this has been lifted any day now, but at this time a boil water advisory is still in place.
 
OKI SEWER SERVICE ISSUES – There remain certain sections of Oak Island that still do not have adequate sewer service. If your vacation rental is located in one of the below areas and sewer service is not resumed by your arrival, our staff will find a comparable rental to move you to:
• SE 57th Street
• Pelican Drive from SE 46th to SE 57th
• E. Beach from SE 52nd to SE 58th (area eastward of beach washout – working to get road restored)
• NW 3rd to NW 13th
• Along West Yacht Dr. between NW 3rd and NW 13th
 
Thank you for your patience as we work to communicate with our guests and property owners following Hurricane Florence. Florence may have made a mess of our office building, but she did not dampen our spirit.

OIA Will Resume Check-ins This Week

Post Florence Update – 9/24/18 at 10:15 p.m.
 
Oak Island Accommodations will resume check-ins this week. All guests who were scheduled to check in between 9/22/18 and 9/30/18 should check their email accounts periodically for updates concerning the condition of their vacation rental (check your junk folder too, as some inboxes will place our messages there).
 
There continue to be some circumstances on the island that could necessitate a move if situations do not improve by the time of a guest’s arrival. These include:
 
CASWELL & SOUTHPORT BOIL WATER ADVISORIES – All of the Town of Caswell Beach and Southport remains under a boil water advisory. We are hoping to hear that this has been lifted any day now, but at this time a boil water advisory is still in place and we cannot check in guests in these areas.
 
OKI SEWER SERVICE ISSUES – As of this morning, there are certain sections of Oak Island that still do not have adequate sewer service. If your vacation rental is located in one of the below areas and sewer service is not resumed by your arrival, our staff will find a comparable rental to move you to:
• SE 57th Street
• Pelican Drive from SE 46th to SE 57th
• E. Beach from SE 52nd to SE 58th (area eastward of beach washout – working to get road restored)
• NW 3rd to NW 13th
• Along West Yacht Dr. between NW 3rd and NW 13th
 
Thank you for your patience as we work to communicate with our guests and property owners following Hurricane Florence. Florence may have made a mess of our office building, but she did not dampen our spirit.

OIA Staff Makes Great Progress on Property Assessments, Emails to Incoming Guests Out Early This Week

9/23/18 Post Florence Update 10:20 p.m.
 
The Oak Island Accommodations staff made great progress this weekend on property assessments. Guests who were scheduled to check in yesterday or today through this coming weekend should watch their inboxes for a message coming early this week with further updates.
 
Things are trending in the right direction for our office to be able to welcome visitors back soon. Here are some of the updated conditions:
 
– The Town of Caswell Beach’s mandatory evacuation for visitors is set to expire tomorrow, September 24, 2018.
 
– Brunswick County’s curfew ends tomorrow , September 24, 2018.
 
– Brunswick County government reports that “water service has been restored to all areas of the Brunswick County Public Utilities distribution system, including Boiling Spring Lakes and River Mist. A system pressure advisory [boil water advisory] remains in place for the areas of Southport, St. James, Boiling Spring Lakes, Caswell Beach, the Long Beach Road area and the George II Highway area until further written notice.
 
– The Town of Oak gave a sewer update today that notes sewer is still OFF in these areas:
 
— SE 54th – SE 57th
— Along E. Pelican from intersection of SE 54th to SE 58th (boring contract has damaged main on one of these SE streets)
— Along E. Beach from SE 52nd to SE 58th (area eastward of beach washout – working to get road restored)
Crews have been working in these areas through the weekend.
Along the streets from NW 3rd to NW 13th, and along West Yacht Dr. between NW 3rd and NW 13th, sewer is on, but we are having a few issues in this area. Please use the sewer system sparingly. Crews are also working in this area.
 
– Brunswick County will be discontinuing its food distribution sites as of today as grocery stores have been able to restock their shelves and supplies are coming into the county again.
 
Thank you for your continued patience as we work to open our doors after Hurricane Florence.

OIA Remains Closed During Property Assessments

Post Florence Update – 9/22/18 at 5:30 p.m.

As most of you are aware, we had an uninvited guest roll through our area recently named Florence. We are still picking up the pieces from the mess she left, but we are working diligently to be able to welcome our invited guests back. We just don’t know when that will be exactly. All check-ins remain suspended until further notice and we cannot say with any certainty when those will start again, though progress has been made by our staff and local officials so far this weekend.

Guests who are scheduled to check in over the next week that purchased travel insurance are encouraged to contact Red Sky with any insurance questions.

For all guests scheduled to check in over the next two weeks, we are hopeful that we will have more information available to you early next week once property assessments are completed.

We ask that you continue to watch for updates on our website and Facebook page. Any guests due to check in to a property that would necessitate a move because of damages will be contacted by phone early next week. An email will be sent out to guests due to check in over the next two weeks once assessments are complete with further information.

We ask for your continued patience as we have a small crew in place on the island currently. Our phones remain off at this time so we can concentrate on getting our office up and running and assess all our vacation properties.

We have been so impressed with the progress that has been made in a relatively short period of time to prepare our area to welcome back its residents and visitors. Here are some of the factors at play as of this posting:

  • The Town of Caswell Beach has not lifted its mandatory evacuation order for visitors and has stated they will not do so before Monday, September 24, 2018.
  • The Town of Caswell Beach and the City of Southport remain under a boil water advisory.
  • The Town of Oak Island, while no longer under a boil water advisory, still does not have adequate sewer service to portions of the island. They were not able to restore all service as they had hoped by today, but are continuing to work on repairs this weekend.
  • A nightly curfew remains in effect for Brunswick County until Monday, September 24, 2018, as many roads remain closed.
  • The city of Southport remains under a state of emergency.
  • Groceries and gas can be in short supply, but we are seeing signs that this is starting to improve.
  • Though roads on the island have improved greatly, state officials are still discouraging people from driving to southeastern North Carolina because of flooded and damaged roads. Road conditions will continue to change through the weekend as rivers continue to rise. Visit DriveNC.gov for the latest updates from the NC Department of Transportation.

We know how important your vacation is to you, but we ask for your continued patience and understanding as we work to be able to open our doors to you.

OIA Remains Closed During Property Assessments, Basic Services Continue to Improve

Post Florence Update – 9/21/18 at 7:30 p.m.

As most of you are aware, we had an uninvited guest roll through our area recently named Florence. We are still picking up the pieces from the mess she left, but we are working diligently to be able to welcome our invited guests back. We just don’t know when that will be exactly. All check-ins remain suspended until further notice and we cannot say with any certainty when those will start again.

Guests who are scheduled to check in over the next week that purchased travel insurance are encouraged to contact Red Sky with any insurance questions.

For all guests scheduled to check in over the next two weeks, we are hopeful that we will have more information available to you early next week once property assessments are completed.

We ask that you continue to watch for updates on our website and Facebook page. Any guests due to check in to a property that would necessitate a move because of damages will be contacted by phone early next week. An email will be sent out to guests due to check in over the next two weeks once assessments are complete with further information.

We ask for your continued patience as we have a skeletal crew in place on the island currently. Our phones remain off at this time so we can concentrate on getting our office up and running and assess all our vacation properties.

We have been so impressed with the progress that has been made by linemen to restore power quickly and by the efforts of the local government officials and staff to get basic services up and running again. Here are some of the factors at play as of this posting:

  • The Town of Caswell Beach has not lifted its mandatory evacuation order for visitors and has stated they will not do so before Monday, September 24, 2018.
  • The Town of Caswell Beach and the City of Southport remain under a boil water advisory.
  • The Town of Oak Island, while no longer under a boil water advisory, still does not have adequate sewer service to portions of the island, but an update from the town today says they are hopeful that all sewer service will be restored late Saturday (fingers crossed).
  • A nightly curfew remains in effect for Brunswick County until Monday, September 24, 2018, as many roads remain closed.
  • The city of Southport remains under a state of emergency.
  • Groceries and gas remain in short supply, with provisions being flown into the Cape Fear Regional Jetport and South Brunswick Middle School for the population that is currently in the county.
  • Though roads on the island have improved greatly, state officials are still discouraging people from driving to southeastern North Carolina because of flooded and damaged roads. Road conditions will continue to change through the weekend as rivers continue to rise. According to reports from the News & Observer, closures among the most heavily traveled roads include the following:
    I-95 is blocked off from milepost 56 to milepost 13 and from Dunn to Godwin, closing off most everything between U.2. 421 and Lumberton. Keep in mind that southbound lanes are closed in sections at both Benson and Rocky Mount.
    I-40 is closed between N.C. 41 in Wallace to well over the New Hanover County line.
    U.S. 74 is closed in Columbus County between mileposts 253 and 258.

We know how important your vacation is to you, but we ask for your continued patience and understanding as we work to be able to open our doors to you.

Post Florence Update – 9/20/18

Post Florence Update – 9/20/18 at 7:30 p.m.

As most of you are aware, we had an uninvited guest roll through our area recently named Florence. We are still picking up the pieces from the mess she left, but we are working diligently to be able to welcome our invited guests back. We just don’t know when that will be exactly. All check-ins remain suspended until further notice and we cannot say with any certainty when those will start again.

 

Guests who are scheduled to check in over the next week that purchased travel insurance are encouraged to contact Red Sky with any insurance questions.

 

For all guests scheduled to check in over the next two weeks, we are hopeful that we will have more information available to you early next week once property assessments are completed.

 

We ask that you continue to watch for updates on our website and Facebook page. Any guests due to check in to a property that would necessitate a move because of damages will be contacted by phone early next week. An email will be sent out to guests due to check in over the next two weeks once assessments are complete with further information.

 

We ask for your continued patience as we have a skeletal crew in place on the island currently. Our phones remain off at this time so we can concentrate on getting our office up and running.

 

We have been so impressed with the progress that has been made by linemen to restore power quickly and by the efforts of the local government officials and staff to get basic services up and running again. Here are some of the factors at play as of this posting:

 

  • The Town of Caswell Beach has not lifted its mandatory evacuation order for visitors and has stated they will not do so before Monday, September 24, 2018.
  • The Town of Oak Island, while no longer under a boil water advisory, still does not have adequate sewer service to large portions of the island.
  • Areas outside of Oak Island remain under a boil water advisory as well as a nightly curfew.
  • The city of Southport remains under a state of emergency.
  • Groceries and gas remain in short supply, with provisions being flown into the Cape Fear Regional Jetport and South Brunswick Middle School for the population that is currently in the county.
  • Though roads on the island have improved greatly, state officials are still discouraging people from driving to southeastern North Carolina because of flooded and damaged roads, including large sections of Interstate 40 and 95. Road conditions will continue to change through the weekend as rivers continue to rise. According to reports from the News & Observer:
    • S. 74 is closed from I-95 east into Columbus County and then again in several places after its merger with U.S. 76 through Columbus and Brunswick counties to Wilmington.
    • Several sections of U.S. 17 that had been closed in Brunswick County reopened Wednesday morning, but dozens of other roads in the county, including sections of N.C. 130, N.C. 133, N.C. 211, N.C. 87, N.C. 904 and N.C. 906 remain impassable.

We know how important your vacation to you, but we ask for your continued patience and understanding as we work to be able to open our doors to you again.

OIA Office Remains Closed During Clean Up, Basic Utilities Improving

Post Florence Condition Update – 9/20/18 at 1:20 p.m.

From the Town of Oak Island – “As a reminder, crews are still working to restore sewer to areas of Beach Drive, Dolphin Drive and Pelican Drive, and the side streets connected to those streets – this means sewer is not working in those areas.

System Pressure Advisory Rescinded

Based on the laboratory analysis of water samples collected from the Town of Oak Island water system on the Island portion in Brunswick County on 9-19-18, water users are hereby notified that it is no longer necessary to boil water or use bottled water for human consumption. The system has resumed normal operations. (Island System Only)

This notice is issued and effective 9-20-18.”

From the Town of Caswell Beach – “The Town of Caswell Beach now has operating sewer service throughout the town. Water has been restored to the town but we are STILL UNDER A BOIL WATER ADVISORY. Any updates on this advisory will be released as soon as available.”