A few notes and updates…

1. Utilities Interruptions

As the debris removal progresses, an occasional utility box gets bumped into or included in a debris lift. (Do try to keep your debris well away from such boxes!) Service is usually restored pretty quickly. Water, too, has been sporadic in places. This is the result of water lines being checked, purged, and otherwise cleared. Water interruptions have resulted in temporary loss of pressure. Should you experience an outage of significant duration, please contact the appropriate utility directly, as you would in “normal” times.

2. Golf Carts

This is still not completely resolved. Dan McConnell, of Always Ready Cars, will be sending an email tonight to his customers about his planned telephone conference calls. Dan will explain what to do with your dead or dying golf carts. The calls will be held at 5 p.m. this Thursday, October 25th, and Friday, October 26th. The dial-in data follows.
Phone: 1.980.265.0687; Conference Call Code: 682356

Don’t forget to transfer your registration from your old cart(s) to your new one(s).

3. Independent Insurance Adjuster

Heard from an islander who has extensive experience with independent adjusters. (It was she who shared the information about the maximum charge being ten percent of the recovery during a catastrophic event, like Hurricane Florence.) She wrote last night to share more useful information, including another adjuster’s name. Thank you!!!

Marc Lancaric from Global Patriots, phone 508-280-3041. He will use the quotes in negotiating the recovery…Typically, a policy pays the actual cost to fix the covered damages. It may be that the full amount does not get paid until the repairs are actually done. What the insurer is agreeing to at the outset is probably something they think they can get away with in at least some of the claims. If there is valid pushback with evidence, the insurance company should come around. (Notably, the insurance company will not pay for the extra cost of upgrades, however). So, quotes, if obtained, should be for repair or replacement as needed. I would use Marc for cost issues, which I believe many island folks have. If there are insurance coverage issues, a coverage attorney is probably a better person to go with.

I think this may help many who have gotten insurance coverage figures without having a contractor’s estimate in hand, especially those whose agents use the Southport zip code.

4. Chimney Caps

I have asked Bald Head Association to follow up with some options for chimney cap inspection and possible replacement. Roofers seem to be booked solid. Chimney cap risks include water intrusion from rain and fire hazard as cooler weather arrives and all those lovely oak logs provide temptation. Watch for announcements from BHA. Meanwhile, if I hear of any I will pass the info along.

5. Update on Island Cleanup

Took a brief tour around the island today to check on the status of debris removal. Was pleasantly surprised by the volume of vegetative debris that is accumulating at the old Swan’s Quarter site (the clearing next to the BHI Club), noticed how nice North Bald Head Wynd looks from West Bald Head to Stede Bonnet, peeked in the Palm Room at the Club and saw that demolition seems done, and drove out around the Common at Cape Fear Station to see mounds of vegetative debris being shoved down those narrow roads.

Hoses still lie across the roads from Palm Court to South Beach and from Edward Teach Extension (Cary Cart Company and the Island Laundry), past Island Hardware to the woods across from the Market. From there large pipes run under Federal Road to allow the water to flow into the creeks.

After dropping off my normal household recycling, I stopped by Public Works where piles of the many hoses used to drain the island now lie neatly rolled up. Jane Johnson, a long-time volunteer First Responder shared with me at last night’s Pot Luck how heavy those hoses are and how exhausting placing and connecting each section is. For this storm, thousands of feet per pump were laid and then relocated to the next most urgent sites. Initially it was all done while operating in multiple feet of water. Such a herculean task!!! I look forward to thanking all those who worked so tirelessly to get our paradise back to basic functionality.