Gullah/Geechee Nation Flooding and Emergency Management
Although Hurricane Florence has long left the Gullah/Geechee Nation, the remnants of the massive down pours of rain and storm water still remain. Rivers are still rising through the Carolinas. Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) and Founder of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition (www.GullahGeechee.net) and the Wisdom Circle Council of Elders and Representatives of the Gullah/Geechee Nation have been coordinating emergency management and recovery efforts in collaboration with the Black Emergency Management Association (BEMA).
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As of Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 1:30 pm, this was the latest update:
HEADS UP @GullahGeechee!
Here is the latest information regarding the flooding in the Carolinas:
Dams are stabilizing as flood levels decrease through
watersheds; assessments ongoing and Civil Air Patrol flying missions
Food, Water and Shelter:
• NC: 34 shelters open with 2,885 occupants
• SC: 15 shelters open with 204 occupants
• Several grassroots contacts have been made to get food in via boats and air drops to Gullah/Geechee communities in Wilmington, NC
Health and Medical: 40 Confirmed fatalities in NC & SC
• SC: All hospitals open in affected area; and 4 nursing homes in potential inundation area
• Red Cross has been notified in SC and NC about specific Gullah/Geechee communities where assistance is needed.
• NC: 55,232 (1.1%) total outages reported statewide; largest concentration of customer outages in New Hanover County
• NC: 14% of gas stations out-of-service due to lack of fuel and/or power; fuel outages are concentrated in Wilmington and Greenville/New Bern/Washington Area (35% reporting no fuel)
Communications: NC: 22% of broadband internet service out in impacted counties, largely attributed to lack of power
• NC: Approximately 649 roads closed due to flooding; to include closures on I-95, I-40 and US-70; 9 of 11 bridges to Barrier Islands re-opened
• SC: 169 road closures; US-501 re-opened north of Conway; flood mitigation work continues on US-17; detours in place for flooded portions of I-95
Hazardous Waste: NC: At least 28 wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) impacted, affecting at least 26 counties;
Please keep the families in the flooding areas lifted in prayers. Also, pray that the waters receded rapidly and that all are healthy.