Brunswick County issues evacuations; shelters to open inland


Brunswick County has issued a mandatory evacuation for residents in unincorporated areas who live in low-lying and flood-prone areas or substandard or mobile homes, beginning at daylight (7 a.m.) Tuesday. This includes but is not limited to Waccamaw, NC 904/Pireway Road, areas on Town Creek, residents along NC 133, Daw’s Creek area, and any other flood-prone areas.

Brunswick County has issued a voluntary evacuation for all other residents in unincorporated areas of Brunswick County. Residents who live in an incorporated area should monitor information from their town or city for information.

Brunswick County has also declared a State of Emergency, effective at noon Monday, Sept. 10. County offices will be closed as of 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11. (View the State of Emergency here.)

Shelters will be opening outside of Brunswick County in inland counties (shelter information will be available online at Residents are strongly advised to seek shelter outside of Brunswick County, evacuating to Johnston or Cumberland Counties, due to forecasts for wind and storm surge.

“I highly encourage people to move out of the County,” said Emergency Management Director Brian Watts, adding that the County is likely to see high levels of storm surge and flooding as well as wind speeds. “The best thing to do is to get out the County.”

Residents seeking to evacuate out of Brunswick County who do not have transportation should contact the Citizen Phone Bank at 910-253-5383.

In the event residents are unable to leave the county, one shelter will be opening Tuesday at 2 p.m. at:

  • West Brunswick High School (550 Whiteville Rd., Shallotte)

Two additional shelters will be opening Wednesday at 8 a.m. at:

  • North Brunswick High School (114 Scorpion Drive, Leland)
  • South Brunswick High School (100 Cougar Road, Boiling Spring Lakes)

Residents evacuating to a shelter should bring identification, any needed medications, any needed items like glasses or diapers, clothing for 3-7 days, pillows, toiletries, chargers for cell phones, and books, games or cards. Residents should bring sheets or bedding, and cots and air mattresses if available. Alcohol, illegal substances, and weapons are not permitted.

Those evacuating can find evacuation routes and shelter locations at or in the free Ready NC app (downloadable at

Dogs and cats are accepted at the West Brunswick High School shelter. Owners must stay at the shelter as well, and should bring documentation of rabies vaccines, food, any medicines, and any other items necessary for your pets.

Brunswick County is likely to see significant rainfall from Hurricane Florence. All residents should be prepared for significant rainfall and the potential for ponding, flooding, and flash floods. Residents should remember not to attempt to drive through roads that have standing or running water over them.

All Brunswick County Parks will be closed at 10pm Monday and will remain closed until further notice. All programs and events will be closed starting September 11, 2018, including community buildings. The Parks and Recreation main office at the Government Complex will be open Tuesday until 5pm, but will be closed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

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

The Brunswick County Courthouse will be closed all day tomorrow (Tuesday, Sept. 10) and will stay closed through Friday, Sept. 14.

The Brunswick County Board of Adjustment Meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 13, 2018 has been rescheduled to Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. in the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners Chambers.  The Commissioners Chambers are in the David R. Sandifer Administration Building at 30 Government Center Drive NE in Bolivia.  At this time all cases scheduled for September and October of 2018 will be heard. If you have questions about this meeting, please contact Helen Evans Bunch, Clerk to the Board at 910-253-2035.

Foster Parent Training scheduled to begin Thursday, September 13th will be delayed until Thursday, September 20th due to hurricane Florence.

If residents seeking to evacuate need help evacuating, or otherwise need assistance, they should contact 910-253-5383.