Brunswick County’s evacuation has been lifted, but a curfew remains in place from midnight to dawn daily, through Monday Sept. 24, and many roads remain closed. Continue to exercise caution. If you are not safe, call 911.

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An update from Commissioners Chairman Frank Williams regarding Brunswick County’s recovery from Hurricane Florence

Brunswick County Florence Recovery Update

Chairman Frank Williams' update on recovery in Brunswick County from Hurricane Florence

Posted by Brunswick County Government on Tuesday, September 18, 2018
How Do I Report a Power Outage?

Duke Energy Customers:

  • Call 1-800-419-6356
  • Text OUT to 57801 from the phone associated with the account

BEMC Customers:

  • Call 1-800-682-5309
Closings and Schedule Changes

County offices are closed through Friday, Sept. 21, and parks and the landfill are closed through Tuesday, Sept. 18. The Brunswick County Courthouse is closed through Friday, Sept. 28.

The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners Meeting scheduled for Monday, Sept. 17, has been cancelled.

Waste Industries will attempt to run collection routes Wed, Sept. 19, for those areas normally collected on Wed. Please be aware that depending on road conditions, some areas may not be safely accessible. Waste Industries is going to open the Oxpen, Seaside and Southport convenient sites on Thursday, Sept. 20; the Leland site is unable to be opened until Friday, Sept. 21.  Due to the fact that Waste Industries was not able to collect curbside trash, the fee for bagged household trash only will be waived at the sites Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Next week normal schedules and fees will resume. Tip fees will remain in place at the landfill, in accordance with FEMA requirements.

View updates and closings from Brunswick County Schools at the School System website.

The Household Hazardous Waste Collection scheduled for Sept. 15 at South Brunswick Middle School has been postponed. A reschedule date will be announced after the storm.

The Brunswick County Board of Adjustment meeting scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 13 has been rescheduled to Thursday, Oct. 11 at 4:30 p.m.

The Foster Parent Training scheduled to begin Thursday, Sept. 13 has been delayed until Thursday, Sept. 20.

Recovery and Repairs
  • Brunswick County has been declared for individual assistance from FEMA. To begin applying, call FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362) or visit HTTP://WWW.DISASTERASSISTANCE.GOV/.
  • Brunswick County has been declared for Disaster Unemployment Assistance from the NC Division of Employment Security. Individuals may contact DES by calling 1-866-795-8877 from 8AM to 5PM to apply for DUA benefits. If you have additional questions, you may email DES at or go to our website at
  • Debris, Trash and Recycling Collections:
    • Brunswick County has enacted its debris contract and residents in unincorporated areas of Brunswick County should sort debris and leave it by the road for pick up. View full details here.
    • The County is working with Waste Industries to restore trash and recycling services to residents. Again, our roadways are a concern in determining when this will happen.
  • Building Inspections & Septic/Well work:
    • To aid in Brunswick County’s recovery from Hurricane Florence, Brunswick County will waive building inspection and some environmental health fees, including septic and well permitting fees and well sampling fees, for storm damage related to Hurricane Florence. Fees will be waived until Oct. 1, at which point the timeline of continuing waivers will be evaluated.
    • Field inspectors will verify that damage is storm-related to qualify for the waiver.
    • Building inspections is open in Building I of the County Complex, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., though emergency calls can be made at any point to 910-253-2021.
  • If you are hiring a contractor to make repairs:
  • Brunswick County is not endorsing contractors or vendors, and Brunswick County Public Utilities has not authorized any vendors to make repairs to utility lines on their behalf.
  • Report suspected scammers to 911, 910-253-2777, or 910-253-5383.
  • Questions about temporary housing?
    • Temporary housing includes mobile homes, campers (including travel trailers, recreational vehicles or tiny homes), FEMA emergency housing, and other relief organization housing.
    • Section 5.5.3.B. of the UDO states that temporary housing may be placed anywhere in the County for up to 120 days without obtaining a temporary use permit.
    • After the expiration of the 120-day period, the temporary housing may remain for up to six-months with the issuance of a temporary use permit by the Brunswick County Planning Department. This is intended to give time to make repairs. In certain situations, a three-month extension can be granted to provide time to make the structure habitable, provided it will be their permanent residence. Extensions can only be granted based upon a case-by-case basis.
Frequently Asked Questions

Power Outage Safety

Can I use my grill inside while the power is out?

Never use a charcoal or gas grill inside, as doing so can cause carbon monoxide poisoning and can be a fire hazard.

Where should I set up my generator?

Generators should only be used in well-ventilated outdoor areas, to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Do not run generators inside garages.

Should I unplug appliances?

Turn off and unplug appliances, equipment or electronics you were using when the power went out so they are not damaged by a power surge when power is restored. Also unplug electronics and items that could be damaged by a power surge. Consider leaving one light turned on so you’ll know when the power is back on.

Are candles safe?

Try to use flashlights instead of candles, especially if you have children or pets, to reduce the risk of fires.

What should I do about the food in my fridge/freezer?

Group foods together and keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed to help food stay safe longer. Temperatures will stay cooler longer if the refrigerator or freezer are full. After power returns, throw away perishable items (meat, dairy, eggs, leftovers) if the refrigerator has been above 40 °F for more than four hours. If you have any doubt about the safety of food, throw it out. Find details and more food safety tips at

Water Service

Will Brunswick County cut off my water? If so, when?

Brunswick County will only cut off water to a community if the mayor of that community declares a mandatory evacuation. Even then, Brunswick County Public Utilities will not completely turn off water until such time as it is unsafe for staff to remain at these locations. If a less intense storm is anticipated, it may only be necessary to limit the flow to beach communities while still maintaining a minimum pressure. Any such decision is made jointly with officials in that town, based on storm decisions as they occur. Our goal is to maintain water availability throughout the storm, only shutting off water service to vulnerable beach communities well after a mandatory evacuation is declared in order to protect the integrity of the system in an effort to maintain both fire protection and potable (drinkable) water supplies.

If I evacuate, should I turn off my water?

Shutting off water to individual houses, especially those on the ocean front, may provide some level of protection if plumbing pipes are damaged during the storm.  However, care should be taken when this is done.  Some household appliances, such as water heaters, require water to operate properly and may be damaged if left powered on without a water supply.  Therefore, homeowners should consider powering off (shutting off appropriate breakers) if they choose to turn off the water at their house.  The homeowner should use their home’s private shut-off valve to the plumbing system to turn the water off; County equipment and valves in the meter box should not be tampered with.  There is electronic equipment in the meter box that may easily be damaged by unauthorized personnel.  It is worth noting that if a storm dictates that a Mandatory Evacuation be proclaimed for a community, Brunswick County will either limit the pressure or shut-off the water to the community immediately prior to the storm impact.

Grinder Pumps

Will my grinder tank fill up during a storm?

This is very unlikely.  A typical Grinder tank installed by Brunswick County has over 360 gallons of capacity above the point that the alarm comes on.  Most single-family residential houses use much less water than that during a typical day when showers, washers, dishwashers, etc  are being used.  During a storm event where power is lost, water usage is reduced considerably.  Usually, showers, washers, dishwashers, etc  are not used when the power is out thus extending the time it takes to fill the grinder tank.

What if the power stays out for an extended period after a storm?

During previous storm events, some areas of Brunswick County were without power for several days.  The grinder tanks had enough capacity for this time period without overflows occurring.  However, in the event of an extended time period without power, Brunswick County has the ability to use vacuum excavation trucks to empty the grinder tank.  In the case of a significant storm event requiring mandatory evacuation, it is expected that water usage will be minimal.

What if I use a generator?

If you use a generator capable of running high water usage appliances, it is recommended that you also power the breaker(s) to your grinder pump stations.  If the generator is capable and wired to energize the entire house, than the grinder pump will work as normal.

Will my grinder pump “dead head” (be incapable of pumping) due to high pressures in the system during a storm event?

This is very unlikely.  Typically, Brunswick County grinder pumps are part of a low pressure system designed to have other similar sized grinder pumps connected to the system.  It is rare that a pump is not capable of pumping due to high pressure in a low pressure collection system.  However, if this occurs, as pumps turn off in the system upon emptying their basins, any pumps that are “dead heading” will eventually begin to pump down.

What if my grinder pump is sounding an alarm?

If your grinder pump is not working or is sounding an alarm, call 910-253-2657

Storm Debris

What do I do with my storm debris – and when?

Damage assessments play a critical role in how local governments respond and recover from events.   While everyone’s first response is to start the cleanup, these assessments are important in determining the needs of our community as a whole.  For the county to get an accurate idea of the amount of damage that is storm-related, we ask that you hold your debris while keeping materials separated until the county has had time to perform the initial assessments.  Separation categories include vegetative debris, construction & demolition debris, electronics, household trash, appliances & metal, household hazardous waste, etc.  North Carolina has several landfill bans in place for many of these items.  Having the items separated is key in making sure we uphold the law and safety of all our emergency responders.  If you do decide to haul your storm-related debris to the landfill prior to the assessments, normal tipping fees and long lines are likely.

Storm Surge Map

Unsure whether you live in a storm surge area or a flood-prone? View a PDF storm surge map here or view an interactive map here.

En Espanol

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Evacuaciones voluntarias han sido establesidas para las areas que pueden ser affectadas por inundaciones en Waccamaw. Refugios están abiertos en:

  • 550 Whiteville Road, Shallotte
  • 100 Cougar Drive, Boiling Spring Lakes

Un aviso de presion del sistema meteorologico a sido emitido para Southport, Boiling Spring Lakes, Caswell Beach, St. James, Long Beach Road, & George II Highway. Les aconsejamos HERVIR TODA AGUA para consumir. (incluyendo para tomar, hacer hielo, lavarse los dientes y boca, lavar platos, y agua utilizada para alguna preparacion de comida) o usar agua enbotellada.

Un toque de quad a side establecido de 12 a.m. hasta 7 a.m.

Consejos de seguridad

Algunas carreteras están inundadas; algunos caminos están cerrados. Por favor visite para un mapa de locaciones. Nunca conduzca a través de aguas inundables. Sólo seis pulgadas de agua en movimiento pueden tumbar a un adulto, y 12 pulgadas de agua corriendo puede llevar un coche pequeño. Dale la vuelta, no te ahogues.

No utilice parillas adentro; esto puede causar envenenamiento por monóxido de carbono. Si utiliza una parrilla, asegúrese de que esta en un área bien ventilada, lejos de los edificios (incluyendo garajes y cobertizos). No utilice generadores adentro; utilizarlos solo en lugares bien ventilados, lejos de todos los edificios para evitar el envenenamiento de monóxido de carbono.

Recursos y Recuperacion

Centros de distribucion de agua y alimentos (y lonas de techo) estan disponibles de 11am a 5pm en los siguientes locales:

  • Town Creek Park, 6420 Ocean Highway East, Winnabow NC 28479
  • Northwest District Park, 1937 Andrew Jackson Highway NE, Leland, NC 28451
  • Spring Lake Park, 210 Pine Rd, Boiling Spring Lakes, NC 28461
  • South Brunswick Middle School, 200 Cougar Dr., Boiling Spring Lakes, NC 28461

Residentes de las areas no incorporadas del Condado de Brunswick deberian ordenar sus escombros donde sean accessibles para recoger por la carretera. Areas no incorporadas son areas que no son parte de un municipio. Ciudadanos de municipios deben verificar con sus oficiales para obtener informacion sobre como lidiar con sus escombros. Para mas informacion haga clic aqui.  

La División de Seguridad de Empleo (DES) ha comenzado a aceptar solicitudes para el programa de Asistencia de Desempleo por Desastre para los condados afectados. Las solicitudes deben ser presentada antes del 17 de octubre de 2018. .

American Sign Language Updates

To apply for FEMA assistance call:

  • TTY 1-800-462-7585
  • 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS) 1-800-621-3362
ASL Message: Do not use grills indoors

ASL Message: Do not use grills indoors

Posted by Brunswick County Emergency Services on Saturday, September 15, 2018

Do not use grills or generators inside

ASL Message! Evacuations begin in Brunswick County

ASL Message! Evacuations begin at 7 a.m. Sept. 11. A shelter will open at 2 p.m. at West Brunswick High School, 550 Whiteville Road, Shallotte. Call 910-253-5383 if you have questions or need help.

Posted by Brunswick County Emergency Services on Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Evacuations begin at 7 a.m. Sept. 11. A shelter will open at 2 p.m. at West Brunswick High School, 550 Whiteville Road, Shallotte. Call 910-253-5383 if you have questions or need help.

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