While residents in the city limits of Havelock will have storm debris from Hurricane Arthur collected, those in Craven County will have to haul away debris themselves.
Craven County officials said the hurricane did not produce enough debris to warrant opening special disposal sites or activating county pickup of debris.
“There were some trees down, and certainly fallen limbs from all the wind,” said Gene Hodges, assistant county manager, “but not much more came than what comes with a pretty severe thunderstorm. We only had reports of about a half dozen trees down in the county.”
Rusty Cotton, director of Craven Solid Waste Management, said, “We got lucky on this one.”
“We went out Friday morning to evaluate the county convenience sites and really feel like they can handle the storm debris,” he said. “There was a little more debris at the Harlowe end of Craven County, but still not enough to open storm debris sites.”
Residents with storm debris can bring it to any one of the seven recycling sites in the county. There is no charge for county residents for the disposal of storm debris.
Craven County recycling sites include 101 Convenience Center at 3555 N.C. 101 about eight miles east of Havelock; Hickman Hill site at 7775 U.S. 70 East approaching Havelock; Bridgeton site at 181 N.C. 55 East near Bridgeton heading toward Pamlico County; Fort Barnwell site at 205 Belltown Road; Monette’s site at 4001 Old Cherry Point Road; Sanders Lane site at 135 Sanders Lane, New Bern, off U.S. 70 West at the Clarks Exit; and the Vanceboro site at 232 Bailey Lane past the new Bojangle’s on N.C. 43 next to the water tower.
More specific directions to the sites are at the county website at cravencountync.gov.
The sites are open 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, and from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
Though Arthur’s effects were not severe in the county, officials had the chance to gear up procedures to handle the storm.
“It did give us at the county a good opportunity to mobilize, get in the new Emergency Operations Center, and see if there are things we have to check on later,” Hodges said. “We were ready to act. It was a good exercise and we opened the EOC before the storm hit and remained open until 9 a.m. Friday.”
Arthur, which made landfall at 11:15 p.m. July 3 at Shackleford Banks in Carteret County, was the earliest hurricane to hit North Carolina since records began in 1851.
“I know it’s early in the hurricane season,” Cotton said. “I say my prayers every night and hope that this is the worst we get this year.”
Sue Book is a reporter for the Sun Journal.