Debris, downed power lines and flooding — oh my.
Hermine was on track to pass through the Onslow County area as a tropical storm overnight , but Onslow County Public Information Officer Riley Eversull said on Friday that the county was not expecting significant damage from the storm.
“We’re not expecting to have copious amounts of debris,” she said.
Cleanup after the storm will be the responsibility of the property owners. For any downed trees or limbs, Eversull said the county suggests calling contracting companies. Before calling, Eversull said to verify that the company is licensed and to check references.
It’s during more high-risk storms, like category two hurricanes or higher, that Onslow County Emergency Services would activate services to collect debris, Eversull said.
“If a homeowner does have debris, they can always bring it to the landfill,” she said.
The landfill, located at 415 Meadowview Road in Jacksonville, will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, but is closed on Sundays and will be closed on Monday for Labor Day, according to Eversull.
To contact the landfill in regards to what they will and will not accept, call 910-989-2107.
For the city of Jacksonville, the sanitation department said plans for cleaning depend on just how much debris there is; and like the county, city officials doubted Hermine would bring much damage, according to Sanitation Superintendent Kerry Terrell.
It’ll be collections as normal for Jacksonville, Terrell said, with residents cutting trees down to manageable sizes and piling it by the curb for pickup.
However, with Labor Day on Monday, yard waste collection is skipped this week, Terrell said, and debris will be picked up the following Wednesday, Sept. 14, when normal schedules resume.
If there are any downed power lines in the area, call Duke Energy at 1-800-452-2777 or JOEMC at 910-353-1940.
For areas where flooding is an issue, officials recommend calling Onslow County Emergency Services at 910-347-4270 so they can inform the correct agencies and keep the community aware of what places are still dangerous for traveling. As always, people are reminded that it is not safe to drive or walk into flood waters. For areas of widespread ponding, the Automobile Association recommends allowing oncoming traffic to pass first and drive slowly and steadily to avoid creating a bow wave. Drivers should also test their vehicles brakes after leaving the water.