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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Thursday Commentary
3:05 pm
Wed August 30, 2006

Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?

redhotjazz.com

Commentator Maurice Martinez pays tribute to all the greats who played jazz and blues in the Big Easy.

Wilmington, NC – Dr. Maurice Martinez is a professor at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington and a native of New Orleans.

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Local Interest
11:32 am
Wed August 30, 2006

Katrina Fails to Sink Island Real Estate Market

A fire hydrant stands as a stark reminder of Dauphin Island's massive erosion.

Dauphin Island, AL – There are property lines on the sea floor off Alabama's Dauphin Island. You can tell from the headless pilings sticking up out of surf. Last season, they supported beach homes.

John Bullard used to stay in some of those lost properties. From the shade of his beach umbrella, Bullard points to the houses currently lining the water. A decade ago, he says, those were probably three rows back.

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Local Interest
8:46 am
Wed August 30, 2006

Wilmington Helps Build Musicians Village

Musicians Village

Wilmington, NC – The idea is this: instead of trying to attract skilled labor to New Orleans, the city is outsourcing some of the rebuilding.

For our poor, flooded and damaged city it's just fantastic to have all of these generous folks in Wilmington. And I get to go back to New Orleans and say there are a bunch of folks in North Carolina who care about us.

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