Mandatory Evacuation Order Lifted for Onslow County

ONSLOW COUNTY, NC— Sept. 17, Onslow County Manager, David Cotton announced that the county would be lifting the Mandatory Evacuation for the unincorporated areas, tomorrow, September 18, at 8:00 a.m. As power and water are restored, and flooding waters subside, county officials have deemed some areas of Onslow County drivable and habitable for evacuees to return.

“Many of our citizens have expressed concerns as well as support regarding this mandatory evacuation order lift,” said County Manager, David Cotton. “Lifting the Mandatory Evacuation order allows citizens the option to voluntarily enter the county and not be subjected to a lengthier stay away from their homes and property. We are recommending that citizens not rush to jump on the roads just yet, however, we understand that many citizens want to come back and check on their family, property, and community.”

Evacuees returning are encouraged to enter the county with caution, understanding that resources and stores may still be limited. Those coming from areas where food, fuel, and other necessities are in abundance should bring supplies back with them to last for the next 5-7 days. Those who return to uninhabitable homes and in need of shelter may seek shelter within the county at the new Dixon Middle School, Swansboro High School, and Northside High School.

“Although we are lifting the mandatory evacuation order, we highly recommend people do not return to Onslow County if they do not have too. We want to ensure that there is an adequate supply of necessities in Onslow County when our citizens return home” said Cotton. “We are asking people to allow time for more of those resources to be supplied to Onslow County, and sufficient time for the stores to stock their shelves and gas tanks before citizens return home.”

Citizens planning on returning to Onslow County tomorrow are encouraged to visit ReadyNC.gov for the current road conditions for their route into Onslow.

Onslow County Government services will remain closed until power is restored and damage is evaluated. Citizens seeking county services should call ahead before visiting any Onslow County Government buildings. The Onslow County Solid Waste & Landfill located at 415 Meadowview Road Jacksonville, NC 28540 will open tomorrow from 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m

County officials along with their community partners have worked tirelessly throughout this storm to evacuate and update citizens and are now working to restore Onslow County. Citizens are encouraged to please continue to monitor Onslow County social media pages, along with their website, Onslowcountync.gov.

For residents that have non-emergency questions or concerns, should call the Citizens’ Phone Bank (910) 989- 5027. The Citizens Phone Bank will be able to offer information in regards to Onslow County Government operations and procedures as well as updates on active shelters. The Citizens’ Phone Bank will be open 8:00 a.m.- 7:30 p.m.