Storm-related debris pick-up slated for Stumpy Point, select areas of Wanchese

Published 5:24 pm Tuesday, January 16, 2024

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Dare County Public Works has announced that it will provide a very limited storm-related debris pickup in the coming week for all of Stumpy Point as well as for specific areas of Wanchese to collect vegetative and construction-type debris generated by the straight-line winds from the severe thunderstorm that moved through the area on Tuesday night, January 9, 2024.

During this pickup, Dare County Public Works will only collect debris specifically generated by the storm, which includes, and is limited to:

– Vegetative debris (such as branches and tree limbs)

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– Construction materials from damaged outdoor structures (such as decks, sheds, barns, etc., as well as roof components)

Note: All other items (such as appliances and furniture) will be rejected.

The accepted items listed above must be separated into two piles: one for vegetative debris and one for construction-type materials from storm-damaged structures. These items must be placed at the curbside no later than 6 a.m. on the date of each area’s collection, which will be held as follows:

Stumpy Point:

Dare County Public Works will perform a strict one-pass only storm-related debris collection for all of Stumpy Point on Thursday, January 18, 2024. Note that there will not be a second pickup.


There will not be a Wanchese-wide debris collection, as only certain areas of the village experienced significant damage. Dare County performed an assessment and is aware of which areas were affected and which specific types of debris need to be collected.

Residents of Wanchese who have storm-related debris must contact the Dare County Public Works Department to provide information regarding the type of debris that needs to be picked up, as well as their address and contact information. Dare County Public Works Department staff will determine if items qualify for this collection.

Wanchese residents with storm-related debris should contact Dare County Public Works director Shanna Fullmer at or 252-475-5844 or Dare County Public Works administrative technician Angie Hooper at or 252-475-5881.

Instructions and restrictions:

– Materials must be placed at the curbside no later than 6 a.m. on the date of collection.

– If the storm-related debris pickup falls on a regular trash collection day, do not block garbage container with storm debris piles.

– Be mindful of overhead power lines and try to place items in such a way that collection trucks will not be in danger of coming in contact with them.

– Do not stack or lean items on fire hydrants, water meters, mailboxes or other structures that would make collection and access to these essential services difficult.

– This limited pickup is being provided to help those who experienced impacts that generated significant amounts of vegetative and construction-type debris following Tuesday’s storm, and all other items will be rejected.

– If Dare County Public Works does not collect an item placed at the curbside, it has been rejected and must be disposed of at the expense of the resident or property owner.

Dare County Public Works is also reminding residents and property owners that this special pickup is designed to collect debris generated by the storm and is not Dare County’s annual large item pickup, which will be performed throughout a two-week period in March 2024. More information about the annual large item pickup will be announced as details become available.