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Wednesday afternoon demolition debris is seen along Highway 55 in Stonewall, and on Broad Street in Oriental.

PAMLICO COUNTY – A record number of homes and buildings are on the chopping block in the wake of Hurricane Florence, according to statistics from the Building Inspection Office where a no-cost permit is usually required before work can begin.

Some of the scheduled demolition work may not be a direct result of the hurricane, but county officials said this week that a majority of the 52 permits authorized since the Sept. 13 storm are likely the result of storm-induced damage.

After a demolition, the usual disposal process is to haul tons and tons of refuse to the massive regional landfill in Tuscarora. All of that hauling can costly – not only for the transport but also for dumping charges. However, this hurricane aftermath is different.


Shortly after the storm, Gov. Roy Cooper issued a proclamation that valid flood and storm debris will be escorted away by state-paid contractors. The only caveat is that the massive mounds must be pushed to the state-maintained right-of way. As a result, many homeowners and demolition crews are taking advantage of the governor’s largess.

And, the rush is on! The generous state policy is set to expire later this month. Demolitions after the deadline will no longer receive what amounts to a subsidy, or even an incentive, to demolish!

In the meantime, motorists and residents throughout the area have become almost desensitized to the scene. Our area will recover its beauty, but more vacant lots will dot the landscape!

Post-Hurricane Demolitions in Pamlico County