Post-Hurricane Matthew Aftermath
Hurricane Matthew was devastating to the lower towns of Hatteras Island located in the Outer banks of North Carolina. Frisco, where the Frisco Native American Museum is located in southern Hatteras, had record flooring for the area. The museum itself, had water seep through the floors of all the exhibits. The pavilion on the trail had several feet of water. This water not only saturated and moved the structures and displays, it brought with massive amounts of mud and debris.
There were several challenges with this area but the first was access to Hatteras itself. The Outer Banks is a string of peninsulas and barrier islands separating the Atlantic Ocean from mainland North Carolina. The aftermath of Hurricane Matthew left massive amounts of flooding and debris throughout the roads causing many closures. However, after hours of driving Responsiv was able to navigate through the devastation and was the first restoration company to arrive to help restore Hatteras island.
The Frisco Native American Museum was fortunate to have support from local volunteers and the US Coast Guard who offered to lend a hand in stripping the carpet, packing artifacts, moving cases, and removing damaged displays. Responsiv partnered with the team of volunteers and provided professional drying and dehumidification services. In addition, we handled all of the necessary demolition and sanitized the Museum.
The museum reopened in the Spring of 2017 and explained, “The greatest opportunities have been the chance to replace and redesign exhibits to showcase recent donations while also maximizing air flow and improving traffic patterns”.
“There was never any thought of not reopening,” said Carl Bornfriend, Executive Director. “It was simply a matter of figuring out what needed to be done and then getting to work.”
“We have designated the week of April 18-23 as our THANK YOU OPEN HOUSE for Dare County.” said Bornfriend. “The outpouring of assistance during the recovery process has been phenomenal—from physical labor to recovery contributions and moral support, our community helped make it possible for us to not only recover from the hurricane but to make the museum even better. We hope local folks will have an opportunity to visit anytime during that week—admission free—and help us celebrate our reopening.”