The Brunswick beacon. (Shallotte, N.C.) 19??-current, March 18, 1993, Image 1
GOP Commissioner Shaw Charges Clegg Forced Out By 'Bad Democrats' BY KRIC CARLSON The letter was printed on ?'d ment" and "unwavering dewe lo maintain the highest Clegg, suggesting that he was forced to resign for ethi Threc months after Democratic Party leaders called county stationery bearing the ' standard of excellence, integrity, honesty and account- cal reasons. on their newly-elected commissioners to fire him, and names of the five previous Rcpub- ability" in county government. "There was a lot of political pressure from a few bad amid speculation of mounting pressure for his dis- lican commissioners who hired Only once in Clegg's letter did he hint at the political Democrats," Shaw said. "Some of them wanted him to missal. County Manager/Attorney David Clegg Mon- Clegg, a Democrat, as their county H BH pressures that reputedly swirled around him since the do some things that were not exactly honest and he day ended his eight-year tenure in Brunswick County manager in January 1991. Clegg H YV incoming Democratic commissioners gave him a lukc- would not yield to them. So he had to go. government. was named county attorney in 1984 ^ ^ mM warm thrcc-to-two vote of confidence when they rc-ap- "He told me he had about all he could stand," Shaw Planning Director John Harvey has been named in- and subsequently served as assis- - JJT pointed him last December. said. tcrim county manager. Shallotte lawyer Michacl tant county manager, acting county "I leave with the knowledge that 1 was never intimi- When asked for an example of what things Clegg Ramos will act as interim county attorney. As Clcgg's manager and interim county man- dated into compromising my personal or professional had allegedly been asked to do, Shaw said only, "You Administrative Assistant Kelly Barefoot struggled un- ager. . Hi ethics to bow to the baneful wishes or agenda of anoth- be here and you'll see." successfully to hold back tears. Commissioners Chair- In guardedly polite language, CLEGG er," the letter said. Asked about Shaw's charges. Warren said, "1 don't man Don Warren read Clcgg's letter of resignation to a Clcgg's letter spoke of his pride in the county's "dedi- After the meeting. Commissioner Donald Shaw know what he's talking about." hushed, standing-room-only crowd at the board's regu- catcd employees" and his "highly personal commit- charged that the new Democrat majority had caved in Warren said he was not surprised by the resignation lar meeting Monday night. to their party's leadership by not actively supporting (See CLEGG, Page 2-A) THE r 12/31/99 *?P0 iQ 2>. SONS BOOK BINDERY P.O. BOX 162 SPRINGPORT MI 49284 Thirty-First Year, Number 1 7 e 1993 TMt B*UNJW1C* tEACON Shallotte, North Carolina, Thursday, March 18, 1993 50c Per Copy 36 Pages, 3 Sections, 1 Insert COUNTYMQE DAMAGE ESTIMATED AT $23 MILLION Intense Winter btorm Wreaks Hurricane-Like Damage . -A "J . Jit -.JL T yiil ??"fijrtrt**- **? ~ .'?* ?"*?? 40** 03S0T5 QV 0? STAff PHOTO 8Y DOUG HUTTlt WAVES WASH OVER THE STREET at the east end of Holden Beach Saturday afternoon. Hurricane-force winds knocked down the "Road Closed" sign. More storm photos, Page 6-A and throughout this issue. Holden Takes Hardest Hit With $8 Million Loss BY DOUG RUTTKR The worst storm sincc Hurricane Hugo sliced dunes, shredded roof shingles, flooded homes and smashed decks and walkways at Holden Beach Saturday?causing an estimated $8 million in property damage. "It was a devastating storm," Mayor Wally Auslcy said. "We had warnings we had a severe storm moving up, but 1 don't think anybody antic ipated the hurricanc-force winds." Steady winds of 45 mph to 50 mph were recorded for 10 hours straight, with gusts up to 83 mph, said Building Inspector Dwight Carroll. "It hit 75 several times." As a result, nearly every house on the island sustained at least some roof damage. Powerful winds flipped heavy shingles through the air like sheets of paper. "From one end of the island to the other we had shingle damage," Town Manager Gary Parker said. A few homes lost portions of their roofs, while others had vinyl siding ripped away. "We were just littered all over with debris," Mayor Ausley added. "I heard some folks say the wind was stronger than it was during Hugo." State officials were expected to visit Holden Push For New Renewed After BY LYNN CARLSON After 100 cars carrying day visi tors were stranded on the island of Sunset Beach for more than nine hours Saturday, the town council has asked for a renewed push toward re placing the old?and controver Inside... I|g||tidays Business News 12C Calendar of Events ....10C Church News 6B Classified 1-7C Court Docket ?IOC Crime Report .7B Entertainment 2B,4B Golf ,,1IB Obituaries .6B Opinion .~,.4?5A People In The News ?4B Plant Doctor .JB Sports 8-HB Television Listings ...&-9C "It was a devastating storm. We had warnings we h~d a severe storm moving up, but I dont think anybody anticipated the hurricane-force winds." ?Mayor Wally Ausley Beach Wednesday to determine if the town should receive government assistance. "If we can get declared a disaster area we'll get a whole lot more money," Carroll said. Strong winds were responsible for much of the damage, including flooding of the bottom floors of most canal homes. Storage areas and living units of older homes were flooded with several inches of water when the man-made canals couldn't contain the wind-driven high tide r> .-.I. - a ? r* . , i oriuye Mr ouriser Cars Are Stranded sial?pontoon bridge. "People sat over there all that time running their engines for heat and running out of gas," Mayor Mason Barber said. "1 was there when they came back across, and they looked like they'd been through the Battle of the Bulge." The bridge cannot be safely oper ated in winds higher than 30 miles an hour, Barber said. Orders came from the N.C. Department of Trans portation to swing the structure open and tic it off at 12:30 p.m., as winds began to howl and the wind-driven udc reached flood stage. The water went down, but the wind did not subside enough for the bridge to be used until 9:30 p.m. The storm escalated rapidly, be ginning Saturday with a pre dawn thunderstorm and stiff winds, though by mid-morning the sun was shining and the temperature in the 60's. However, the barometer dropped and winds increased, dri ving the mid-day high tide out of the bounds of canals, marshes and wa terways. By early evening, the tem perature was falling toward freezing. Saturday at mid-day. Canals overflowed around noon and the water rose rapidly until it covered yards and streets. The strong winds apparently kept the tide from reced ing. Town employees were called in over the week end to help clear streets and help ensure the pub lics safety. Volunteer damage assessment teams went to work Sunday to figure the losses. Parker said the most extensive damage oc curred cast of Holden Beach Bridge, where bcach erosion was at its worst and several homes had portions of their roofs lifted off. The storm left 11 Holden Bcach residences un inhabitable due to damage to roofs or septic sys tems. Carroll said the homes can be used again af ter repairs are made. Parker said the storm washed away an estimat ed six feet of sand dune from the cast end of the island to the 900 block of Ocean Boulevard West. There wasn't much erosion west of that point. "We had a good bit of beach damage." The town manager estimated that 90 percent of the walkways cast of the 900 block were damaged. Many were washed away and left scattered along (See HOLDKN, Page 2-A) Many had assumed the early storm was all there would be; by the time the need to evacuate could be considered, it couldn't logistically be done. "We had five minutes' warning that we had to tie off the bridge," said Sunset Beach Town Admin istrator Linda Fluegel. That time was used to dispatch a fire truck and fire fighter?who is also a Shallotte police officer and emergency med ical technician?to the island. Ironically, one person in need of help during the bridge closure was one of the most vocal opponents of the proposal to replace the span with a high-rise bridge. Warren D. "Bud" Knapp Sr., a 75-year-old diabetic who recently underwent surgery, got caught at his island house without insulin. "We went over to check on things when we heard that 30 milc-an-hour winds were forecast, and we thought we were on an outgoing tide," said Knapp, whose other residence is in Carolina Shores. Knapp's family contacted the mayor for help later in (See SUNSET, Page 2-A) BY THE NEWS STAFF Still reeling from a severe winter storm that left shingles and other roof debris littering yards from Calabash to Lcland in its wake, Brunswick County residents hoped Tuesday that weather forecasters erred in predict ing rain Wednesday. By late Monday mounting storm damage estimates exceeded S23 mil lion, with seven municipalities and other agencies still to report to the county emergency management office. Damage estimates were ranging from S230.000 at Sunset Beach to S8 million at Holdcn Beach. "If it rains we could have a lot more serious structural damage," said Cecil Logan, Brunswick County's emergency management coordinator. "I wish the rain would hold off until people can get these roofs patched. "If we get this inch-and-a-half of rain they're calling for, with all the shingles off, wc could triple this figure." One roofing contractor, Lynn Smith of Ash, said he had received more than 100 service calls by Monday. Logan arrived at his office at 10 a.m. Monday to coordinate the post storm response, having struggled since Saturday morning to return early from a radiation protection conference in San Diego, Calif. Logan praised the team that operated in his stead throughout the storm: Brenda Freeman, his administrative assistant; Jerry Webb, county utility director; and Kelly Barefoot, public information officer/clerk to the board of commissioners. Rain, snow, flooding, tornadoes, high tides and gale force winds statewide led Gov. James Hunt to declare a state of disaster in Brunswick and 39 other North Carolina counties Monday and to ask President Bill Clinton to declare the state a federal disaster area. A state damage assess ment team was expected in Brunswick County Wednesday. The severe winter storm, described as the "worst storm of the century" as it swept up the East Coast, battered Brunswick County throughout the day Saturday with steady gale force winds and occasional gusts of Category II hurricane force (96 mph to 110 mph), topped by a late-evening dusting of snow. Pressure-packed breakers pounded the coastline, gnawing away 10 or more feet of occanfront dunes, while wind-propclled high water caused island canals to overflow their banks and flood surrounding proper ties and roadways. Shallotte Point weather waichcr Jackson Canady said the storm was "very close in intensity to Hurricane Diana (in September 1984) with one difference?lop winds during Diana arrived at high tide, causing more ex tensive dune ovcrwash and water-related damage. At the Brunswick County Airport on Long Beach Road a wind sock that extends fully in 50-mph winds was ripped off, breaking a 4-inch by 4 inch metal pole, reported Lt. Carl Pearson of the Brunswick County Sheriff's Department. Chuck Holtzinger, a wcalher scrvicc specialist with the National Weather Service office in Wilmington, said the winter storm had the lowest pressure of any system measured by the Wilmington office since Hurricane Donna in 1960. Barometric pressure fell to 980 millibars over land during Hurricane Donna, just 8 millibars less than the 972 millibars of pressure measured during Saturday's storm. "It should have produced winds equivalent to a Category II hurricane? % mph to 110 mph," said Holtzinger. "We did have gusts of up to 95 mph recorded at Figure Eight Island, at the Bridgetender Restaurant. At Shallotte Point, 105 miles per hour was the highest gust recorded by wind gauge mounted at Tripp's Fishing Center. "There were 6-foot waves in the Intracoastal Waterway with whitccaps all the way across," said Joyce Land. Water rose approximately two feet in side the tackle shop, about the same as during the 1987 New Year's Day storm. On the hill nearby a cedar tree blew over, uprooting a bed of tumips. "I was up on a stepladder picking turnips from the roots of the tree," said Land. "I got a mess of them." Falling trees and limbs downed electrical power lines "all over," dis rupting service at one time or another to 90 percent of Brunswick Electric Membership Corp.'s 47,000 customers in a four-county area, said General (See STORM, Page 2-A) J*^.. Wv;- - ., . -:; _?%;:, - . - -S.V-.- ^ * ... - . - - ? ' V^.JS STAff PHOTO BY SUSAN USHlt HIGH WINDS and high water forced closure of the floating Sunset Beach Bridge to vehicular traffic without notice shortly after noon Saturday. The state Department of Transportation requires that the bridge be swung open during winds exceeding 30 miles an hour to prevent the span from being dam aged. About 100 day visitors were stranded on the island for nine hours, according to Mayor Mason Barber.