Prepping Residents for the Storm
Prior to the hurricane, the River Bluffs Sales Center staff and developers held a community meeting at Porches Cafe to update residents on the best steps to take in preparation of the storm.
Walkie-talkies were strategically distributed to residents in the event that River Bluffs lost cell phone service so that neighbors could communicate, and a resident nurse took charge of a defibrillator.
In the meeting, we discussed the importance of clearing items that could be captured and blown in the storm and the importance of keeping the drains clear throughout the storm, due to the mass amount of rain that was expected.
During the Storm
During the storm, the benefits of our unique, low impact designed stormwater system were very evident as we had no flooding in the community. The system performed exceptionally and homeowners, as they always do, pitched in to help each other and to keep storm drains free of debris. The community did receive an abundant amount of rain and wind. Trees did fall and we had a few nearby power lines that fell as well. The community lost power, like all areas impacted by the storm but Duke Power worked with River Bluffs quickly for the restoration of power to the community.
“Community comradery truly exceeded all expectations.”
The Days Following the Storm
Once the hurricane had passed, Burrows Smith, Managing Partner and one of the developers of River Bluffs graciously gave Karen Clow, a resident and member of the Sales Team at River Bluffs, the keys to open Porches to use as a place where residents could we could all come together. Porches has a built-inÂ generator and maintained power, TV, and WIFI throughout the storm. Porches providedÂ a place to cook food and have a/c as well. But it truly became so much more than that. Neighbors enjoyed a potluck breakfast and dinner for 4 days until the power came back on. Â “Neighbors met that would have not met otherwise. We have bonded and become such great friends. It truly kept us sane!“, says Karen.
Extending Help Outside of River BluffsÂ
Once the power was restored, neighbors decided that they needed to extend help outside of the gates of River Bluffs. Residents were able to collect 5 car/truckloads of food, medical supplies, cleaning supplies, diapers, etc to give to DREAMS. An organization that is providing relief to residents of the downtown Wilmington Northside area who have literally lost everything.Â Residents of River Bluffs are continually reaching out to them and helping by volunteering and providing supplies, etc.
“Amazing! Thank you for making everything so much more tolerable (AC, TV, Community)”
“What an amazing spread we had, especially for cooks with no power in the house #riverbluffsstrong!“