YMCA of Southeastern North Carolina

Hurricane Florence

An update on the storm's impact to our YMCA

Published 09.19.18
As Hurricane Florence has now passed, and we begin recovery mode, we wanted to share an update on the storm's impact to our YMCA.

The greatest damage suffered has been up at Camp Kirkwood. One of the new residents corridors had a tree that fell through the roof in the midst of the storm. There was both water and physical damage the the building and its contents. Camp Kirkwood experienced some minor flooding but the lake has been draining steadily. 

Despite the damage, Camp Kirkwood still remains actively involved in recovery and is currently housing 120 Four County Electric linemen and crew who are assisting in repair work in Pender, Duplin and Columbus Counties. 
At 2710 Market Street power lines and trees are the largest extent of damage. Our two largest child care classrooms received significant water damage and lost portions of their roof. Both buildings will need to undergo significant repairs before utilization. Throughout the campus we have sporadic power outages and the shower trailer supporting our aquatics program is without air conditioning. The new Nir Family YMCA experienced very little impact from the storm. There were several leaks that will be easy to repair. Construction crews have already resumed work on this new facility. 
The Express Y did not receive any damage and was without power until Tuesday afternoon, and the Midtown YMCA suffered a few minor leaks and has had the least interruption of power. Both of these facilities are now operating on a modified schedule to provide support to our community during the recovery phase. Members and local residents that are still without power are invited to use our Express & Midtown YMCAs to cool off, charge devices, and take a warm shower.
We hope that you and your family are safe and have had minimal damage from the storm.