Why Wilmington again?
Yep, we are heading back to Wilmington, NC, for our trip in 2019. Why? Perhaps you remember Florence? That would be the devastating hurricane that almost made Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach its target for coming on shore.
How bad was it in Wilmington? Let me first start by sharing about Little Chapel on the Boardwalk Presbyterian, our home away from home. There was serious roof damage to the house that we have stayed at. This roof damage then caused damage to the drywall and the upper floor of the house. Sorry guys, that would be your bedroom.
By year's end, the local church was able to get the house repaired and it is now a key place for Presbyterian Disaster teams to use as they come to help those in Wilmington devastated by the storm.
On to Wilmington: For days the city was an island with no way to get food supplies in except through air drops. Roads were flooded for weeks. Picture having to shovel fish off an interstate so it can reopen. The amount of green debris (trees, etc.) was insurmountable. Wilmington Public Works spent weeks just picking the green debris up before they could even think about picking up construction material.
One of our WARM contacts had six, yes that would be six trees down on its property. Two of the trees caused serious damage to the house.
While most of the tree debris has been picked up, there are still places that are in need of serious repair even now in February. There will be work they estimate for three to five years to "recover" from this storm.
It didn't take much for us to realize God is calling us back to Wilmington.
If you want to see more information on WARM, the link below will take you to its website.
Pictures after Hurricane Florence in Wilmington, NC