What's open post-Hurricane Florence?

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Where to get a meal or a bath after Florence slammed into the Wilmington area. To add to this list, send items to breakingnews@starnewsonline.com.

PNC Bank has assigned one mobile banking unit equipped with a 24-hour ATM available for cash withdrawals, deposits and other account services to Wilmington. It is powered by an on-board generator. ATM will open at noon at 3709 Oleander Drive.


The YMCA of Southeastern NC is reopening its Midtown and Express Y branches, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday. There will be no group exercise classes or Child Watch services at this time.

Additionally, the Y is opening its doors to those who are still without power, so that they may come charge their phones and use the Y’s shower facilities. The Y has six showers at our Express Y and two at the Midtown YMCA. Guests should bring their own towels.

Hurricane Relief Supplies: For those who evacuated and are eager to help, the Y is collecting donations for Cape Fear Volunteer Center’s hurricane relief efforts. Below is a list of items our community is in need of. Please drop off donations to our Midtown YMCA.

Bottled Water
Hand sanitizer
Latex gloves
Canned goods with pop tops
Gas cards
Large trash bags
Duct tape

For more information visit www.ymcasenc.org/florence


PENDER COUNTY – Pender County residents needing assistance can turn to local charities for assistance.

“We have several wonderful organizations that have stepped up to help our community during the recovery from Hurricane Florence,” said Tom Collins.

“We know this is a trying time,” said Collins. “Supplies by truck and helicopter are arriving.”

The following sites will be Red Cross distribution centers:

Maple Hill VFD, 115 Old Maple Hill Road

Maple Hill American Legion, 16660 U.S. 17

Hampstead Penderlea VFD, 4005 N.C. 11, Penderlea

The old Bank of America, 102 E. Fremont St., Burgaw

EMS Station, 14388 N.C. 210, Rocky Point

The following drop sites for relief items will be:

Lighthouse Church, 98 S. Trade Way, Rocky Point

Atkinson, 700 E. Church St., Atkinson

Maple Hill, 115 Old Maple Rd., Maple Hill

Hampstead Kiwanis Park, 586 Sloop Point Loop Road, Hampstead

For assistance of food, toiletries, and cleaning products, visit:

Share the Table, 12395 N.C. 50, Surf City (call 910-616-8897 for hours)

Gateway Baptist Church, 416 W. Bridgers St., Burgaw

Lighthouse Church, 98 South Trade Way, Rocky Point.

Monetary donations may be made to the American Red Cross, Gateway Community Church, Pender Christian Services, Baptist Men of North Carolina, and Lighthouse Church, and Share the Table.

“We want normalcy, but normalcy will be restored in the coming weeks as our power is restored, and our businesses are up and running,” said Collins.

“I know it is hard,” said Collins, “but we are resilient, and we will be normal again.”

Pender County Emergency Management will post updates on the Facebook page at facebook.com/penderem and on the website http://www.penderem.com. If you need immediate help call the EM office at 910-259-1210.