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Even a Category 1 storm can change a community forever
Hurricane Florence - September 14, 2018
Hurricane Florence—a powerful and long-lived Cape Verde hurricane, inflicted massive damage throughout North and South Carolina, bringing record-breaking rain and spawning tornadoes along its path. Despite making landfall as a weakened Category 1 hurricane, Florence’s winds uprooted miles of trees and power lines, causing widespread power outages throughout the Carolinas. Moving slowly at only 2–3 miles per hour, her relentless rain and epic storm surge inundated cities such as Chapel Hill, Smithfield, Lumberton, Durham and Fayetteville, as major rivers such as the Eno, Lumber, Neuse and Cape Fear rivers all spilled over their banks. Roads and major highways remained impassable for days as floodwaters completely isolated the city of Wilmington from the mainland.
Days before the storm arrived
SRP deployed Disaster Response teams with a convoy of critical equipment and manpower to the key impact zones, supporting community preparations. From a strategically-located, central command station, the team was able to assist numerous community pillars such as the International shipping ports along the coast, Wilmington County courthouses, the Louisiana Pacific Lumberyard, dozens of communities and hotels which housed storm refugees as well as critical life-supporting facilities like the New Hanover Medical Center. Before the full impact of the storm the SRP team quickly identified numerous risks to the medical centers, working tirelessly on-site with the operations staff to prepare for the inevitable onslaught.
As the storm descended on the region
SRP teams helped mitigate water infiltration and flooding to the medical buildings, protecting structures filled with hospital staff and patients. Due in large part to SRP’s preparedness and leadership support, New Hanover Medical Center and its satellite centers across the county were able to continue operations, providing services to the community throughout the duration of the Hurricane.
With the storm beginning to pass
SRP emergency crews rapidly began remediation efforts, clearing roads to allow greater access to the facilities, moving in additional fuel and equipment, extracting rising water from data centers, repairing electrical systems, removing potential contaminants from the structures, and drying out the excess moisture, working round-the-clock, side-by-side with hospital staff and local authorities to to protect both human life and property health and safety.
After the storm
Details emerged from various news outlets, indicating that Hurricane Florence caused at least 55 human fatalities and in excess of $17.9B (2018 USD) in damages and estimated insured losses ranging between $4.8–5 billion. Most experts believe that recovery efforts will take years to complete.
The SRP team feels incredibly grateful and proud to serve this community as they work to recover. Long after news crews and coverage teams have departed, SRP teams remain in the area, committed to the people of that region. We continues to assist the hospital network and the greater community to support their complete, successful recovery.
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