Posted Oct 1st, 2018 in Feat of the Week
As Hurricane Florence loomed offshore in early September, the Municipal Service District Ambassadors were making the Downtown area storm-ready. The 150 hanging flower baskets which had adorned North 4th and Front Streets since June had to be taken down and stored. After that, they were on hand to help Downtown merchants stormproof their premises.
Just a couple of days after the hurricane plowed through, merchants were assessing damages. And, despite power outages, some of the Ambassadors were back out patrolling the streets and checking in on businesses. They helped clear vegetation, pick-up trash and gather roof shingles. They checked for downed power lines and reported issues as they arose.
A week after the hurricane touched down, the rising Cape Fear River threatened to flood riverfront buildings. WDI and the MSD took action. Through connections in Uptown Greenville, we arranged the donation of 12 palates of pre-filled sandbags to help protect businesses and buildings in Downtown Wilmington. NC Parking Company/Park Select donated the use of the parking lot at 102 N. Water Street as a distribution point; Ted Coughlin, the owner of Ironclad Brewing, donated a forklift to unload the palates of sandbags and the Downtown Ambassadors helped distribute them.
Although this Category 1 hurricane and subsequent flooding will be etched in our memories forever, we should also remember how, with help from the MSD Ambassadors, the Downtown community pulled together and stayed strong.
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