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Damage assessment underway

This wind-toppled tree just missed crashing into Rich Square United Methodist Church during Hurricane Irene. Staff Photo by Amanda VanDerBroek

JACKSON — The curfew has been extended for Northampton County residents.

According to a press release from the Northampton County Emergency Operations Center, to allow essential travel only, the curfew enacted on Saturday in response to Hurricane Irene will be lifted during the daylight hours Sunday.

However, the curfew will continue in effect beginning 8 p.m. Sunday evening until 6 a.m. Monday. The dusk to dawn curfew will continue until further notice.

Many roadways in Northampton are still blocked by fallen trees. Officials are urging citizens to remain at home or at their present safe location in order to allow emergency response personnel to identify and remove hazards.

Most citizens are still without power. Officials estimate that more than 80 percent of the county electrical customers are without service. Personnel from area electric service providers are working to restore power to all customers as soon as possible.

Those experiencing power outages are asked to call their power service provider to report outages. Those contact numbers are: Dominion Power at 1-866-366-4357 and Roanoke Electric at 1-800-358-9437. Do not contact 911 to report power outages.

Damage assessment teams from Northampton County local government will soon begin preliminary documentation of Hurricane Irene related damage to private property.

For any potential claim purposes, property owners should either:

Avoid removing damaged property or beginning repairs to their property prior to an on-site visit by officials; or,

If repairs are immediately necessary, property owners should take photographs to fully evidence the damage to their property.

For all non-emergency calls, Northampton residents should contact the Emergency Operations Center by calling 252-574-0209.

All Northampton County government offices will be closed on Monday. Only essential personnel are asked to report for work.