Florence Recovery: We Are Open

Florence Recovery: We Are Open


New Hanover County is recovering from Hurricane Florence. A big part of recovery is getting back into a routine being able to go to the places in your community that you’re used to visiting. We are on the road to recovery, and that started with making sure you could access what you needed to get back on track. We assessed damage, tested for indoor air quality and jumped into repairs on more than 20 county buildings, like our public libraries, so you could use computer labs to get connected after the storm, escape in a book, or participate in learning activities while the kids were out of school. Our Parks & Gardens team cleared trees, cleaned up walkways, and made sure playground equipment was safe, so you could get some fresh air, swing and slide, and get back to your daily walk or exercise routine. Every resource was mobilized to get Airlie Gardens and the Arboretum open and ready for visitors. With more than 250 fallen trees at Airlie Gardens, it was no easy task. But visitors can once again enjoy the beauty of these public and educational gardens. And we will continue to rebuild and plant new trees, flowers, and shrubs in the months ahead. Cape Fear Museum underwent major, yet swift repairs to open exhibits as soon as possible. While some areas of the museum are still under repair, most of the exhibits are now open so residents, students and visitors can continue to learn about our region and rich history. While repairs are underway, the museum is free to everyone and you can’t beat that. It was also important to make neighborhoods familiar again, so our debris crews got right to work clearing piles from roadways and yards. With more than one million cubic yards of debris in the unincorporated areas of New Hanover County, crews began working seven days a week to get our community cleaned up. We are open. Our doors… Our attractions… Our community is back open. New Hanover County remains committed to our residents and our visitors, as we continue on the road to Florence recovery.

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