Belhaven declares “state of emergency” on old hospital building

BELHAVEN, N.C. (WNCT) – The Belhaven Town Council voted unanimously Friday to declare a state of emergency on the old Pungo Hospital building and property.

The news comes as town officials are concerned there are plans to tear down the building.

State law enables individual municipalities to declared a state of emergency if there is “an occurrence or imminent threat of widespread or severe damage, injury, or loss of life or property resulting from any natural or man-made accidental, military, paramilitary, weather-related, or riot-related cause.”

The hospital has been closed in the town since July 1, 2014. Currently, efforts are underway to refile a lawsuit against Vidant Health and Pantego Creek LLC, the owners of the property.

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