Local Interest
6:23 am
Tue September 5, 2006

Predicted Rain Would Push Northeast Cape Fear Higher

Wilmington, NC – The Pender County Office of Emergency Management is beefing up staff as it waits to see whether more rain will push the Northeast Cape Fear River even higher over its banks.

Emergency Management Director Eddie King says he's staffing the 911 Center and putting two water rescue vessels on stand by through Thursday. That's when the National Weather Service predicts the river will rise to more than 17 feet, more than 7 feet over the flood stage.

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Local Interest
5:17 am
Mon September 4, 2006

River Crests Near Burgaw

Wildlife Officers, and news crews, prepare to tour flooding along Highway 53.

Burgaw, NC – The river crested near Burgaw at 16-1/2 feet, exceeding forecasters' predictions. The river isn't expected to recede below flood level until Saturday.


Overflow from the Northeast Cape Fear has closed a section of Highway 53 near I-40, flooding surrounding homes and driving out most residents. On duty at the edge of the water, North Carolina Wildlife Commission Sergeant David Jordan said his big concern on this holiday is recreational boaters.

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Local Interest
2:25 am
Sun September 3, 2006

Cape Fear Rising in Pender County

NWS

Wilmington, NC – All eyes are on the Northeast Cape Fear River this morning in Pender County where the river is expected to surpass the flood stage by five feet.


The National Weather Service says the Northeast Cape Fear River around Burgaw is predicted to reach 15-and-a-half feet Monday, more than five feet above flood stage.


Mark Bacon is a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

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Local Interest
12:50 am
Sat September 2, 2006

From New Orleans to Wilmington, and Back Again

The Wischler's home, protected by plywood as they rebuild.

New Orleans, LA – WHEN JUNE WISCHLER RETURNED TO NEW ORLEANS THIS SPRING A LITTLE BIT OF WILMINGTON CAME WITH HER.


"My plants, my beautiful plants from Wilmington. The one, see the spider plant? My neighbor had a beautiful one like that and she gave me one of the little pups, so that's longevity right there."

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Local Interest
8:40 am
Fri September 1, 2006

Port to Port: Lessons Learned

Port employees Chris Bonura, Howard Dennison and Clyde Mathis

Wilmington, NC – The Port of New Orleans not only got hit with Hurricane Katrina, but the floods from broken levies that flooded out the homes of many port employees. By keeping in touch with its employees the port pulled in the staff and gathered some lessons learned for other port authorities.

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Local Interest
8:22 am
Fri September 1, 2006

Ernesto Floods Region

Wilmington, NC – Tropical Storm Ernesto plowed through the area late last night flooding roads around the region.


Many of the roads in the northern part of New Hanover County were flooded as Ernesto dumped more than six inches of rain around the region.


In Wilmington, College Road between Oleander and Wrightsville Beach was under a foot of standing water by 11 o'clock last night.


A record-setting eight inches of rain fell in Wilmington last night.

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Local Interest
3:40 am
Fri September 1, 2006

Flood Waters Rise in Ernesto's Wake

Standing water from Ernesto floods a lot of model homes near Greenfield loop road.

Wilmington, NC – An unusually wet August in southeastern North Carolina means more of Ernesto's rain is swelling the region's rivers. Tributaries of the northeast Cape Fear are above their banks and the river is running several feet higher than normal.

Emergency services in Duplin county report evacuations in the town of Chinquapin. According to the Star News, there are swift water rescue teams evacuating low-lying residents in the Pender County town of Maple Hill.

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Local Interest
12:15 am
Fri September 1, 2006

New Hanover, Brunswick Counties Post-Ernesto

Surfers crowd the waters near Johnny Mercer's pier on Wrightsville Beach the morning after Ernesto.

Wilmington, NC – New Hanover County is recovering after Tropical Storm Ernesto dumped up a reported 14 inches of rain at Wrightsville Beach, and a record-setting eight inches in Wilmington.

New Hanover County Emergency Operations Center says 61 people stayed at the shelter in Wilmington, and as many a 1,800 Progress Energy customers lost power.

Dave Baker, director of Ocean Rescue for Wrightsville Beach, says Ernesto's nightly landfall kept away most onlookers.

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Thursday Commentary
10:59 am
Thu August 31, 2006

Rising From the Storm

Commentator Nan Graham tells of a friend who has found inspiration in her survival of Hurricane Katrina.

Wilmington, NC – Nan Graham's book In A Magnolia Minute, a collection of WHQR commentaries on life in the south, is available at bookstores.

 

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Local Interest
5:56 am
Thu August 31, 2006

Surfers and Surf Watchers Give Ernesto Mixed Review

Closed businesses along Carolina Beach's boardwalk as Ernesto washes in.

Carolina Beach, NC – Surfers and locals pretty much had Pleasure Island to themselves Thursday as the region's beach towns waited for Ernesto's arrival. But for most of the day, the storm was a disappointment. By mid-afternoon, the beach was almost empty, a sight that surprised Carolina Beach resident Judy Burford, who was hoping to catch her first hurricane.

"I figured there'd be people out on the beach, watching the ocean like they always do, but there's nobody there."

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