October 25, 2016
Update on debris collection and FEMA assistance
By IRENE NOLAN
hitting it hard today," Edward Mann, Dare County's director of Public
Works, said in a telephone interview from Hatteras Island, where he was
checking in on Hurricane Matthew debris collection.
Mann said the debris collection got off to a slower start than the
county would have liked because permits had to be acquired for the site
on which the debris will be collected.
He explained that the county gets permits ahead of the hurricane season
for sites in Stumpy Point and National Park Service land just south of
Salvo. The NPS site near the Salvo Day Use Area worked out well
after Hurricane Irene in 2011 when the major damage was in the northern
However, after Matthew, Mann said the Park Service offered an even more
convenient site since the damage in this storm was mostly in the
southern Hatteras villages.
That site is the old U.S. Coast Guard base at the end of Old Lighthouse Road in Buxton.
The use of the Buxton site, Mann said, will greatly speed up the
collection of debris since trucks will have to travel only a few miles
north to empty their cargo instead of a long round-trip to Salvo
or Stumpy Point.
The site required permitting by the state and the Park Service.
"They pulled out all the stops to get it done quickly," Mann said,
adding that the permits arrived yesterday, so this morning, the work of
collecting the mountains of debris, especially in Frisco and Hatteras
villages, got underway in a big way.
The contractor, TAG Grinding Services of Marietta, Ga., will work at
least 12 hours a day, seven days a week, Mann said, though he said he
doesn't have an estimate about how long it will take to get it all
Updated debris collection schedules will be posted routinely at darenc.com under news.
The county will receive federal FEMA assistance for debris pickup, which is estimated to cost about $1.7 million.
All storm-generated debris should be placed on a state-maintained road in the public right-of-way and separated as follows:
Only loose debris will be collected. Bagged debris should not be placed on the public right-of-way.
- VEGETATIVE DEBRIS. Whole trees, tree stumps, tree branches, tree trunks and other leafy material.
- CONSTRUCTION AND DEMOLITION DEBRIS.
Damaged components of buildings and structures such as lumber and wood,
wall board, glass, metal, roofing materials, tile, furnishings, and
- HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE. Materials that are ignitable, reactive, toxic or corrosive such as paints, cleaners, pesticides, etc.
- WHITE GOODS. Refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, heat pumps, ovens, ranges, washing machines, clothes dryers and water heaters.
- ELECTRONIC WASTE. Computers, televisions, office electronic equipment, etc.
A FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Team began outreach efforts on Hatteras Island yesterday.
According to a county news release, the team is partnering with county
personnel and will meet with those who experienced extreme flooding and
lost almost everything.
As they complete their work in Hatteras village and Frisco, the team
will work in other impacted areas of the county. Information on these
teams can be found at http://tinyurl.com/jt2wllv.
There is discussion of a mobile FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC)
being deployed to Dare County that would move around providing services
to the most impacted areas. Should this be approved, a detailed
schedule of times and locations will be provided.
"Please keep in mind that it is not necessary to visit a center to
register for and receive federal disaster assistance," according to the
If possible, survivors should register with FEMA before visiting a
recovery center. You may register for assistance online or by phone -
or call 1-800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585.
As of Monday morning, more than 500 applications from Dare County
homeowners, renters and business owners have been submitted to FEMA
that have led to almost $500,000 being released to local disaster
Dare County officials stress that it is very important for disaster
survivors to register with FEMA as they may be eligible for disaster
assistance, such as temporary housing, rental assistance and home
repairs, and for other serious disaster-related needs, such as
repairing or replacing damaged or destroyed personal property and
medical and dental expenses.
Business owners impacted by the storm should register as well. Doing so
will help expedite assistance as Small Business Administration and
other business recovery programs are approved.