Signs of recovery in New Hanover County: PODS scale back, County offices open Monday

Posted September 23, 2018 at 4:57 pm     Category: Emergency NewsHurricane Recovery

New Hanover County, NC – The three Points of Distribution Sites (PODS) that have provided cases of Meals Ready to Eat (MREs), water and tarps for the last six days, will begin scaling back operations beginning Monday, September 24.

“This is a good sign for our community as commerce continues to come back to the area and the availability of basic commodities continues to improve, resulting in little utilization of the PODS in the last few days,” said New Hanover County Manager Chris Coudriet. “Commodities remain available for residents through a number of community groups and businesses around the county. We are grateful for the service and hard work from the Civil Air Patrol, and so many others who operated the PODs.”

The final operating hours of the New Hanover County PODS are as follows:

  • North POD: College Park Elementary School (formerly The Rock Church) – 5301 Sidbury Road, Castle Hayne NC 28429.
    Monday, September 24, open 7 a.m. to noon. Closed thereafter.
  • The South POD – Veteran’s Park – 840 Halyburton Memorial Parkway, Wilmington, NC 28412.
    Monday, September 24, open 7 a.m. to noon. Closed thereafter.
  • The Central POD – Cape Fear Community College downtown campus – 700 N. Front Street, Wilmington, NC 28401.
    Monday, September 24, open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Tuesday, September 25, open 7 a.m. to noon. Closed thereafter.

Since September 18, approximately 11,383 cases of water, 11,544 cases of MREs and 5,357 tarps have been distributed from the PODS locations.

Residents in need of basic commodities can visit EmergencyNHC.com or call the Donations Hub call center at 910-798-7337 for a list of local distribution sites.

New Hanover County Government will return to regular operations on Monday, September 24, including Public Health, the Senior Resource Center, Social Services and public libraries. The Myrtle Grove Library will open to the public on Wednesday, September 26, after a downed tree is removed from the parking lot.

The Cape Fear Museum, all county parks, Airlie Gardens and the Arboretum are closed until further notice.

New Hanover County employees will continue to work throughout the recovery from Hurricane Florence and EmergencyNHC.com will remain updated to provide residents with information on ongoing recovery efforts.

For questions, the public can continue to call the county’s public information line at 910-798-6800.

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New Hanover County has been declared a federal disaster area, so residents may be eligible for FEMA Individual Disaster Assistance. Residents who have been displaced from their home can also apply for FEMA’s housing assistance. For more information, visit DisasterAssistance.gov or call 1-800-621-3362.

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