Onslow County Sunday, October 29 – Onslow County Emergency Services staff conducted an initial damage survey of Onslow County communities to assess the effects of Hurricane Sandy. According to Mr. Norman Bryson, Emergency Services Director, the impact of the storm has been minimal in Onslow County. The following is a summary of findings:
- The Town of Swansboro reported no damage to residential, business, or government property.
- The Town of North Topsail reported no damage to residential or business property. They are still assessing the town beach access crossovers.
- The City of Jacksonville reported no damage to residential, business, or government property
- The Town of Holly Ridge reported no damage to residential, business, or government property.
- The Town of Richlands reported no damage to residential, business, or government property.
- There are no reports of damage in the unincorporated areas of the county.
While there appeared to be no signs of wind damage or flooding in most of these communities, North Topsail Beach did show some evidence of storm surge. Several houses on the extreme north end of the island experienced storm surge which ran underneath the structures; however, there was no sign of water running into the houses themselves. (Attached pictures 250 and 897). There was considerable erosion at the North end of Topsail Island. “There is some sand removal that will need to be done at several of the county owned beach accesses,” stated Bryson, “Sand replacement will need to occur at these sites as well. (Attached pictures 406 and 985).
As the storm continues to track north Onslow County Board of Commissioners Chairman, W.C. Jarman, expressed his gratitude for Onslow’s good fortune during the hurricane stating, “We were lucky this time that the storm stayed to our east. I appreciate the volunteers and staff who were on standby throughout the storm just in case it changed paths. I know we will all have the states to the north in our prayers as Hurricane Sandy moves their way.”
“An unusual late season storm, Hurricane Sandy is a reminder that we can never let our guard down,” stated Bryson, “We encourage every family and business to have an emergency preparedness plan, regardless of the season.” For additional information contact 910-347-4270 or follow Onslow County Emergency Services “Official” on Facebook.