County residents will have to haul away Arthur debris themselves

Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 10:57 AM.

More specific directions to the sites are at the county website at

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.

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