Update 4:20 p.m.
ONWASA has lifted the boil water advisory for all areas of Onslow County.
The authority's labs have tested the water in all service areas and confirmed in a press release Saturday afternoon that all areas have safe drinking water again.
In addition, water production has returned to 99 percent of full capacity, according to the release. All major line ruptures are repaired or valved off, and the mandatory water conservation has been lifted as well.
“Our ONWASA crews have worked around the clock to restore the community’s water service to full production. We deeply appreciate the assistance from the City of Raleigh, the City of Wilson, and the Greenville Utilities Commission”, ONWASA CEO Jeff Hudson is quoted as saying in the release. “Crews faced tremendous obstacles including continued flooding, washed out roads, power outages, fuel shortages, and communication system failures ... Nevertheless they met every challenge.”
Onslow County is moving forward with debris pickup, schedules returning to normal, and curfews being lifted.
See below for updates coming in.
Food stamps and help
The Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP), which is commonly referred to as Disaster Food Stamps, is not currently available for Onslow County, according to a Facebook post by the county.
An announcement regarding Onslow County hurricane survivors is expected on Sept. 28.
Several area organizations are offering supplies and help this weekend and next week. For a full list of places to find help, click here.
Those who are looking to volunteer or offer donations for others can find a full list of places in need by clicking here.
In an emailed update Friday night, JOEMC wrote they'd brought the number of homes without power from more than 2,000 to 450. As of Saturday afternoon, that number is down to 284.
Duke Energy's outage map shows 457 without power in Onslow County as of Saturday afternoon, and Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative (CCEC) noted less than 7,500 without power as of Saturday morning.
The cooperative noted that 2,450 of their homes are in communities where they are awaiting Duke Energy transmission power to substations, including in Otway, Harkers Island, and Atlantic, according to a press release.
These updates come in after, at the height of the storm, CCEC had all 40,000 homes without power; JOEMC had nearly 71,000 out; and Duke nearly 19,000.
All main breaks in the 1,100 miles of the Onslow Water and Sewer Authority (ONWASA) system have been fixed, and Topsail Island remains the only location where a boil water advisory is still in effect, according to a press release.
However, it's possible individual homes may still have plubing breaks or meter breaks due to the shifting sands on the island and ONWASA crews are conducting meter-by-meter inspections, according to the release.
ONWASA will not charge customers for water leaks as a direct result of the storm and has waived all account transfer fees for existing customers displaced by Hurricane Florence.
Swansboro's curfew has been lifted.
In an email Saturday afternoon from the town it was noted Mayor John Davis, through the recommendation of the chief of police and public safety, proclaimed the curfew for the Town of Swansboro is lifted.
The Disaster Code Enforcement Response Team was on the ground Saturday, and planned to continue through Sunday, gathering information about the condition of structures in the town.
Several areas are planned for damage assessment this weekend, including:
Halls Creek N.
Port of Swansboro
All scheduled meetings have been cancelled until further notice, according to an emailed update from Town Manager Scott Chase, but the permitting office will be open Monday at 8 a.m. and there are no charges for permits relating to recovery and restoration.
Household trash was picked up Friday and dumpsters for additional household trash are located at 830 Main St. Extension adjacent to the tennis courts. Crowder Gulf, contracted by the town, is cleaning up debris.
The Jacksonville Transit is continuing with their limited service routes - no Express Routes - until Monday. On Monday, the normal fare for bus rides will go back into effect. For more information visit JacksonvilleNC.gov/Transit or call 910-938-RIDE.
The city also wanted to remind residents it is against city policy to burn trash and debris, but said debris pick up started Friday. The contractor will not pick up debris piles mixed with other materials, and the pickup will likely be ongoing for several weeks.
Gov. Roy Cooper updates
In an emailed press release from Governor Roy Cooper’s office, the governor urged continued caution for those traveling within the state.
He asked avoidance of I-95 and south of U.S. 70; overall there are approximately 550 roads closed due to Hurricane Florence, and I-40 and I-95 are still under water in several locations.
To find a safe route, visit DriveNC.gov.
“The persistent floods continue to make travel difficult and dangerous in hard-hit areas. You’ve heard us say it before but I can’t say it too many times: Stay off flooded roads, and don’t drive around barricades,” Cooper is quoted as saying in the release. “The road you plan to drive on may be closed, and the road behind the barricade may not exist anymore underneath the flood water.”
In addition, there are still about 2,800 people living in shelters, nearly 5,000 people have been rescued by first responders in the last week - twice as many as Hurricane Matthew - and the storm has caused the deaths of 32 people throughout the state as of Saturday afternoon, according to the governor's release.