background info

I'm working in a podcast about how are we coping in New Hannover county with all the issues on regards Hurricane Florence. I'm conducting interviews and attended the Florence Recovery Survivors's Summit last month of January 2019. I was able to gather stories and talk about Hurricane Florence recovery. My goal is to contribute informing about future hurricane preparations and recovery. Adaptation, mitigation and resilience are the three pillars for dealing with living in a “tongue of sand” like Wilmington.


New Hanover County  is located in the heart of southeastern North Carolina. Its pristine beaches and Cape Fear River attracts tourists from all over the United States and internationally. Unfortunately, industrial and animal farm pollutants have taken their toll on its ecosystem. Recently hurricane Florence exacerbated the pollutant situation with overflow from several contaminated sites, affecting local agriculture and the security of our future food supply. 


Wilmington, the Port City total area is 41.5 square miles. 

It's the county seat of New Hanover County. 

Population is 117,525. 

It's the principal city of the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical area,

which covers New Hanover, Brunswick, and Pender counties;

362,315 people in total according to Census official results.

Wilmington’s population density is 2,800 people per square miles

73.5% White, 19.9% Black, 6.1% Hispanic or Latino, 1.2% Asian. 

Our water, air and soil are heavily polluted.


Look what Wilmington has received from upstream:

-2,000 cubic yards of coal ash in rivers (enough to fill 150 dump trucks)

-Untreated urine and feces from 43 hog lagoons

-Thousands of dead fish across Highway 40 and in Greenfield Lake (choked out in the waters by a super-low dissolved oxygen content because of fecal-matter-driven eutrophication)

-The grey sludge from the Sutton Power Plant, containing high amounts of toxic coal ash, meaning arsenic, selenium and other heavy metals.

-And GenX! GenX It was made at the Chemours industrial site by the Bladen and Cumberland county line. More than 250,000 people are affected in these counties. Populations affected include the white middle and upper classes, and there are not as many black and Latino women involved as there are white ones. An explanation could be that the minority females may have to work more hours and harder to make a living and do not have time to spare, and many bills to pay for their families. In most for not to say all the scenarios, the movement is lead by white upper class women, and men, which bring interesting considerations.

Yndiana Montes © 2019