As another hurricane season approaches, work is nearing completion at Onslow Memorial Hospital on repairs from damage from Hurricane Florence.
When Hurricane Florence blew through Eastern North Carolina in September 2018 it left major wind and water damage to hospital facilities. Florence brought damage to the roof over the OMH Education Building, boiler room and an area that covers Information Technology and Radiology. The Education Building also sustained extensive water damage and interior finishes had to be removed, according to information from the OMH facilities team.
While work is ongoing, the end is in sight.
The roof over the Education Building is complete and up-fit of the interior is progressing well.
“The Education Building should be completed within the next couple of weeks,” said OMH Marketing & Communications Coordinator Jessie LaBombard, based on information from the facilities team.
The repair projects are covered by funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
FEMA approved nearly $1.7 million in April 2019 for the hospital to repair damage as a result of Hurricane Florence. Contractors began work soon after funding was approved.
The roof over the boiler room is about 95% complete and the roofing contractor has materials on site for the Information Technology and Radiology work, which will be begin once the roof over the boiler room is complete.
LaBombard said the response to COVID-19 did put work on hold for a brief time as the hospital developed plans to assure patient, staff, and contractor safety.
“The contractors are currently working outside or in the Education Building, which is currently vacant of any hospital staff,” she said. “The contractors working on site are screened with the same criteria as OMH employees. In addition, work crews are limited to no more than ten employees at a time.”
LaBombard said that once the roofing work is complete, weather delays will be less of an impact on the remaining work to be done.
Reporter Jannette Pippin can be reached at 910-382-2557 or [email protected]