News from Friends in Hurricane affected New Bern, NC


On Thursday September 20, we spoke to the co-clerk, Shirin Scotten, of Croatan Friends Meeting in New Bern, NC. Shirin said that mail is not being delivered to the region yet, but UPS is delivering. Water is being handed out by local supermarkets daily. As stores reopen residents are being notified.

She reported that flooded out residents are being sheltered in schools. In one shelter 90% of the residents have lost everything and in the other 50% of the residents have lost everything. These shelters are being supported by a new non-profit  Carrie On NC. They are responsible for some of the relief efforts in Craven County. Carrie On has a list of needs on its website.

More information about the county’s status and recovery is posted daily on the Craven County website and the Carrie On website.

We’ve also spoken to Friends active in the Core Sound Worship group in Beaufort. Nan Bowels said that their meeting leases space from Saint Paul’s Episcopal church and they have not yet heard how the church fared. Nan’s home did not go underwater, but the flooding came up to her front door. She had just gotten phone service back and was using a generator for power.