The New Bern Aldermen held their first meeting since Hurricane Florence caused devastating damage throughout the community.
The city made it clear that their focus is on moving forward and the taking the necessary steps toward recovery.
City leaders provided updates on the storm’s aftermath.
Most of the city has restored power. Those who are still lacking electricity have some type of problem on your end and need to contact an electrician to make an assessment.
Other topics covered ranged from environmental concerns and trash pick-up.
New Bern Public Works said they have picked up more than 101 tons of construction debris.
Matt Montanye is the director of Public Works in New Bern. Montanye said, “We’ve got close to 100 people picking up debris both construction and vegetation and it’s going to take some time.”
Through all the meeting’s updates and information, it was the personal stories standing out.
Alderman Sabrina Bengel shared the story of how her fellow Alderman Jameesha Harris saved lives during the rising waters.
Bengel said, “Water was coming in and it was coming in quickly and she and my son went in there and pulled out almost 40 people.”
The stories of hurricane heroes heard time again as many focus on what is needed to move forward.
Representatives from FEMA and the Small Business Administration were also in attendance.
The process for applying for relief from both of these groups is now underway.
To apply for Disaster Assistance through FEMA CLICK HERE.