Northampton curfew lifted

Published 11:33 am Monday, August 29, 2011

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

According Gary Brown, spokesperson for the Northampton County Emergency Operations Center, county officials on Monday lifted the dust to dawn curfew that was enacted in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene that struck the area on Saturday.

There are portions of Northampton County where electrical power has been restored. Brown said service is back online in Conway and portions of Rich Square.

Brown said Dominion and Roanoke Electric continue to report increment progress in other areas of the county.

He added roadways have been cleared of trees and other storm-blown debris. However, drivers need to heed caution.

“There are trees that may have been damaged during the storm and are still subject to falling,” he said.

During the event the county did receive some preliminarily damage information by way of local firefighters and rescue squad personnel.

Brown said it was too early to report on specific storm damages around the county, but there has been structural damage to residences and businesses.

“Damage assessment teams are in the field today,” said Brown.

The county’s two local shelters in Conway and Gaston as well as the coastal evacuation shelter in Jackson have all been closed.

Due to widespread power outages in Jackson, the county seat, Brown said no determination on whether county offices will be open Tuesday. On Monday all county offices were closed with only essential personnel asked to report.

The prohibition of the sale of alcohol has been lifted in the county as well.

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.

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.