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Hurricane Sandy inflicts minor damages on Brunswick County

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

As she heads north to make a more memorable landfall, Hurricane Sandy’s visit past Brunswick County this past weekend brought minimal damages, local officials said Monday.

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“Other than a couple of the towns that may be assessing beach erosion issues, we are not aware of anything structural,” said Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano.

The county’s emergency operations center operated at Level 3 throughout the weekend, meaning the EOC was on “hot standby” and ready to activate if needed.

Towns in Brunswick County reported minimal damages caused by Hurricane Sandy over the weekend.

 

“It did exactly what we had been led to believe it would,” Calabash Town Administrator Chuck Nance said Monday.

He said there was less rain than predicted, while Sandy’s winds were as anticipated.

Nance said there was some debris and a tree down at the end of Riverview Drive. He said it was a tree they knew was going to fall. The tree fell across a fence, missing a resident’s house. Nance said the county owns property for a sewer-pump station at the site of the fallen tree.

Nance said town officials would likely discuss the hurricane aftermath at a regularly scheduled emergency management Tuesday morning, Oct. 30.

Calabash office assistant Sherri Robinson said the town will run its full week of debris pickup next week, starting Monday, Nov. 5.

Carolina Shores Town Administrator Mike Hargett said his town just dealt with a small accumulation of leaves and pinestraw as a result of Hurricane Sandy.

“Otherwise, we fared well,” Hargett said Monday.

Sunset Beach Town Administrator Gary Parker said there were no damages in his town. A tree was down on West Shoreline Drive and was immediately cut up by the fire department, he said.

Holden Beach Town Administrator David Hewett said, “Initial assessments indicate it was pretty much a non event for us.”

Festivals postponed

The approach of Hurricane Sandy affected weekend events.

Holden Beach’s Festival by the Sea celebration scheduled for last weekend has been postponed until Nov. 17 and 18.

A decision was made last Thursday afternoon, Oct. 25, to postpone the annual two-day event at a meeting of the Greater Holden Beach Merchants Association.

The Brunswick County Country Music Fall Festival originally planned for Saturday at Planet Fun in Shallotte was postponed until 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 10.