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Isaias: Post-Storm Updates

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Debris Cleanup

All convenience centers are scheduled to be open from 7:00 am – 7:00 pm for residents and property owners who need to dispose of storm debris from Isaias and other household items.

  • At this time, there is not a countywide debris pickup scheduled. Do NOT leave storm debris or damaged items by the side of the road.
  • Citizens may take storm debris to one of the county’s Convenience Centers.
  • Tree limbs greater than 8 feet long and 4 inches in diameter should be taken to the Transfer Station located at 216 Airport Road, Maple, NC 27956.
  • A collection of yard waste larger than a 5 ft. x 8 ft. truck bed should also be taken to the Transfer Station.
  • At the Transfer Station, county residents and property owners will not be charged for the first 500 lbs. of storm debris. After that, the cost will be $90 per ton of debris.

If You Have Lost Power:

  • Report the power outage to NC Dominion Power at 866-366-4357, or to Albemarle EMC at 1-800-274-2072.
  • Generators should not be used in an enclosed space such as a garage or inside a home due to the threat of carbon monoxide poisoning.  Place the generator at least 20′ from a house under a canopy or tarp so the generator stays dry.
  • Oxygen patients should contact the company supplying their respiratory therapy products and request a pressurized oxygen tank. This type will operate without electrical power.
  • Anyone in need of a meal due to a power outage may pick up “ready to eat meals” from the Department of Social Services during regular business hours. Call the DSS staff at 252-232-3083 when you arrive in the parking lot and staff will bring the meals out to your vehicle.

Hurricane Season: Know Your Zone

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NC Emergency Management has introduced the Know Your Zone program for counties during hurricane season. This provides a tiered evacuation system that ranks areas most at risk to impacts from hurricanes, such as flooding and storm surge. Zone A represents the highest risk.

In Currituck, we have three zones:

  • Zone A:  Carova Beach
  • Zone B:  Corolla
  • Zone C:  Mainland

An evacuation during hurricane season may include any or all of these zones, depending on the specific storm track and intensity.

To help spread this information to residents and visitors, Currituck Emergency Management has designed and printed 4”x4” stickers for Zones A, B, and C that can be placed in public locations such as businesses, churches, and other public places. You may request a sticker by email to emstaff@currituckcountync.gov.

Remember, any evacuation notification from the county will be made through Currituck Alert. Residents, businesses, and community groups should sign up for this service to receive alerts via text message, email, or telephone voice message. For more information, contact Currituck Emergency Management at 252-232-2115.

Currituck Designates First Local Landmark Property

The Currituck County Board of Commissioners, on July 20, 2020, approved the designation of the first local historic landmark property in the county. Acquiring this landmark status is a house located on Shingle Landing Rd. in Moyock, known locally as the M.C. Poyner House. It was constructed in 1899 by Martin C. Poyner, a local store owner, farmer, and postmaster.

The Poyner House is currently owned by Anthony and Virginia Agreste. It was constructed in a high Queen Anne style with an Eastlake influence and remained in the Poyner family for four generations. The Currituck Historic Preservation Commission played a large role in achieving landmark status for the Poyner House.

“We are excited and proud that our house is the first local landmark in Currituck County. We love this house and have been so happy to preserve an important piece of Currituck County’s history,” said Virginia Agreste, who is also a member of the Historic Preservation Commission. She recused herself from discussion and voting when the Poyner House came before the Commission.

The Currituck County Historic Preservation Commission was created by the Board of Commissioners in 2017. The goal of the commission is to promote interest in and advocate for the preservation of historic buildings, neighborhoods, and landscapes in Currituck County, as well as increasing archaeological and architectural awareness. One of the tasks of the Commission is to recommend properties as local historical landmarks after the property owner submits an application.

“I think it was great that a Commission member was the first applicant, and it has allowed us to work out the kinks in the process so that every application we get hereafter will be seamless,” said Josh Bass, Chair of the Historic Preservation Commission. Bass is also president of the Currituck County Chamber of Commerce.

A benefit of a local historic landmark is that the designated landmark property receives a 50% reduction on local property taxes.  Once designated as a landmark, there are certain architectural design guidelines the owner must follow. According to Bass, there are few grants available for owners of historic properties, which can be expensive to maintain. The property tax reduction helps offset some of the additional expense of maintaining a historic property, Bass said.

A current view of the Poyner House (left), beside a historic photo of the house (right).

EMS Adds Ultrasound Capability to Ambulances

Currituck County Fire-EMS (CCFEMS) is excited to announce it is upgrading its patient assessment capability by adding ultrasound imaging technology to its ambulances.  Currituck County received special approval from the North Carolina Medical Director, Dr. Tripp Winslow, and is only the fourth EMS agency in the state to receive approval for the use of this advanced technology. This will help Currituck Fire-EMS continue to provide the best care possible for the county’s residents and visitors.

Ultrasound involves creating imagery and the interpretation of high frequency sound waves. This fast and accurate technology will allow EMS providers the capability to assess patients internally as well as externally. Ultrasound imagery can quickly identify life-threatening emergencies such as internal bleeding and collapsed lungs.  It can also aid the ambulance staff with starting difficult IVs, monitoring fetal heart rates, and confirming heart stoppage when confirming death.

Currituck EMS crews will be able to transmit the images to the emergency room while in route to a hospital, prior to the arrival of the patient. This will enable the emergency room team to develop a quicker patient care plan. Based on their review of the imagery, the emergency room physicians can also provide guidance to the EMS crew while in transit.

Currituck Fire-EMS is partnering with emergency medicine physicians from the Hampton Roads area of Virginia to receive initial training on the ultrasound technology. They will also offer continuing education throughout the year for Currituck’s Fire-EMS staff. For more information on this cutting-edge technology, contact Currituck Fire-EMS at 252-232-7746.

Below:  Currituck Fire-EMS staff receive training on the new ultrasound equipment.

      

Recent UDO Changes Regarding Surveys & Site Plans

The Currituck County Planning Department would like to make the public aware of two recent changes to the Unified Development Ordinance. These changes were approved by the Board of Commissioners during its June 22, 2020 meeting.

  1. On lots of 40,000 square feet or less for a new principal structure, an as-built survey is required prior to scheduling a final inspection.
  2. A site plan prepared by a NC licensed surveyor, engineer, or architect is required for lots of 20,000 square feet or less.

These changes are effective for any permits issued after June 22, 2020.

If anyone has questions regarding these changes, contact the Planning Department at 252-232-3055.

Census Deadlines Extended

The deadline for citizens to submit responses to the 2020 United States Census has been extended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Citizens now have until October 31 to submit a response for each household.  The public may respond in one of three ways:  online; by telephone; or by mail.

Beginning August 11, Census takers will visit households to collect information in person from households who have not yet submitted a response. All census takers are required to have an official photo ID issued by the U.S. Census Bureau. *Citizens may avoid having a Census Taker visit their home by responding to the Census before this date.

It is very important that all households in Currituck County submit a response to the Census. Data collected by the U.S. Census helps determine how much federal funding Currituck will receive for many community aspects such as transportation, schools, social services, and more. The Census also determines how many seats each state receives in the U.S. House of Representatives.

It’s not too late to submit information to the 2020 Census. All information is confidential and can only be used to formulate Census data. Every local response will benefit Currituck County!

Currituck County Applied for Federal Emergency Management Agency Public Assistance Program Funding

Final Public Notice

Currituck County has applied for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) Program funding through North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM) as a sub- recipient.

Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), federal actions must be reviewed and evaluated for feasible alternatives and for social, economic, historic, environmental, legal, and safety considerations. Under Executive Order (EO) 11988 and EO 11990, FEMA is required to consider alternatives, and to provide a public notice of any proposed actions in or affecting floodplains or wetlands. EO 12898 also requires FEMA to provide the opportunity for public participation in the planning process and to consider potential impacts to minority and low-income populations. This notice may also fulfill requirements under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).

Funding for the proposed project will be conditional upon compliance with all applicable federal, tribal, state, and local laws, regulations, floodplain standards, permit requirements and conditions.

Sub-Applicant: Currituck County

Project Title: 114936 -Two Bulkhead failures with 150 LF of boardwalk; PA-04-NC-4465-PW-00392

Location of Proposed Work:
Special Flood Hazard Area Zone:

This project is for the repairs to the Corova Beach Park bulkhead/boardwalk and Currituck County rural center (CCRC) bulkhead. All work is located in an AE zone (1% Annual Chance Flood Hazard). Confirmation of location in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) was determined by the Currituck County Flood Insurance Rate Map, Panel Number: 3721902100K and 3720984800K, dated 12/21/2018.

The proposed work conforms to all applicable State of North Carolina and local floodplain regulations. There is a potential for the facility to be impacted by future flooding events due to its location within an AE zone. The proposed work will take place in wetlands per the United States Fish and Wildlife Service National Wetlands Inventory and will have little potential to impact or affect wetland values.

Proposed Work and Purpose:

Currituck County plans to remove and replace beams, joists, vinyl sheet pilings, posts, tie rods, native soil, and other various Corova Beach Park bulkhead and boardwalk components back to pre-disaster condition with in-kind materials.

The applicant also plans to remove and replace whalers, sheet piling, support posts, and other various Currituck County Rural Center (CCRC) bulkhead components back to pre-disaster condition with in-kind materials.

The bulkheads restored to pre-disaster conditions will keep the waves and water surge from eroding the shoreline and destroying the nearby infrastructure and access roads. The repairs will allow for a continuation of open space access for recreational purposes.

Project Alternatives:

Alternative #1 (No action): The ‘no action’ alternative would ultimately result in a negative impact for Currituck County. If the damages were not repaired, then adverse economic and social impacts may occur as access to the area would deteriorate and become unsafe.

Alternative #2 (Relocation): Relocation of the boardwalk and bulkheads is not practicable. The damaged bulkheads and boardwalk are functionally dependent due to their location within the floodplain because they provide access to recreational areas for the community.

Comment Period:

Comments are solicited from the public; local, state or federal agencies, and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of the proposed project. The comments should be made in writing and addressed to:

FEMA Internal 11988 Reviewer
FEMA Region 4
3003 Chamblee-Tucker Road
Atlanta, Georgia, 30341

Alternatively, comments may be emailed to: FEMA-R4EHP@fema.dhs.gov. Please send comments with the subject line [DR-4465-NC-00392 11988 COMMENT].

All comments are due by no later than 30 days of the posted date of this notice.

POSTED ON: Friday, July 10, 2020

County Addressing Water Discoloration

The Currituck County Water Department continues to flush water lines throughout the county in order to rid the system of discolored water that occurred unexpectedly during a recent maintenance procedure. An advisory to boil water was not necessary because all water was treated before it left the plant and testing did not result in dangerous levels of bacteria or other matter.

This flushing process is working, but it involves millions of gallons of water and takes time. It must be done systematically so there is an uninterrupted water supply for customers and fire protection.  The water provided by the county remains safe to drink and will not damage appliances or water heaters.

For citizens who had issues with laundry becoming stained by the water, Currituck County has obtained a shipment of CorrBrite stain remover. Bottles of CorrBrite are free for residents to pick up at the Mainland Water Plant in Maple during regular business hours. Please call ahead to make sure a bottle is available. The county can order more if supplies run out. And be sure to read the directions for proper use of CorrBrite on the back of the bottle before using it with your laundry.

Thank you for your patience during this situation. If you have further questions, contact the Water Department at 252-232-2769.

Now is Time for Hurricane Preparedness

Currituck County encourages all residents to prepare for hurricane season and be ready for severe weather.  Some important tasks you should complete include:

  • Stock an emergency safety kit with supplies and medications
  • Organize important documents
  • Review insurance policies
  • Make sure generators are in good working condition
  • Make a checklist of steps to take in order to secure your property
  • Plan how you will care for pets and/or farm animals
  • Develop an action plan in a case an evacuation is necessary this year

There are many resources available to provide information and preparedness tips for residents, businesses, farmers, and property owners. These include:

Also, sign up for Currituck Alert during hurricane season to receive important updates and notices from Currituck Emergency Management. You can choose to receive a text message, voice message, or email.

Currituck Partners with Waze for Traffic Info

Currituck County is pleased to announce a data-sharing partnership with Waze, the free, real-time crowdsourced traffic and navigation app. Designed as a two-way data share of traffic information, the Waze for Cities Data program promotes greater efficiency and safer roads for citizens of Currituck County.

The Waze for Cities Data program has nearly 1,500 partners around the world and gives municipal leaders a look at real-time road activity. Established as a two-way data share, Waze provides partners with real-time, anonymous, Waze-generated incident and slow-down information directly from drivers. In exchange, Currituck County provides real-time government-reported crash and road closure data to Waze to produce a thorough overview of current road conditions.

The Waze map evolves with every driver and data point it receives, promoting safer roads and sharing knowledge about potential delays. The Waze for Cities Data program yields more data, giving local citizens a greater ability to circumvent road closures and traffic jams. Currituck County can also provide Wazers with notice of major traffic incidents, such as accidents or flooded roads that could affect their routes.

“As a progressive organization, Currituck County understands the importance of working with partners to find solutions to the challenges we face,” said Ben Stikeleather, Currituck County Manager. “Currituck County is thrilled to partner with the Waze for Cities Data program to provide and collect data that will allow citizens and staff to make informed decisions regarding travel in Currituck.”

To find out more about Waze for Cities, visit http://waze.com/wazeforcities. To download the free Waze app for iOS or Android, visit http://www.waze.com/get.