10/31/12

UPDATED REENTRY INFORMATION FOR HATTERAS ISLAND VISITORS

Provided by Dare County Joint Information Center
5:30 p.m. October 31, 2012

Highway 12 from Oregon Inlet to Rodanthe on Hatteras Island remains closed. The only access to Hatteras Island is by ferry until further notice. NCDOT is operating Emergency ferry service between Stumpy Point and Rodanthe along with the Hatteras-Ocracoke route.

Beginning Friday, November 2 at 6:00 a.m. all reentry restrictions for Hatteras Island will be lifted and ferry service will be available for everyone, including visitors.

The published schedule for the emergency ferry service will remain in place through Friday, November 2. An expanded schedule is being developed that will go into effect on Saturday, November 3. Please check www.darenc.com for updated information.

Emergency Ferry Service – Stumpy Point to Rodanthe
Departing Stumpy Point at 6 a.m., 8, 10, noon, 2 p.m., 4 and 10; and
Departing Rodanthe at 7 a.m., 9, 11, 1 p.m., 3, 5 and 7.

Hatteras-Ocracoke Schedule –
Departing Hatteras at 6 a.m., 8, 10, noon, 2 p.m., 4, 6, 8, 10 and midnight; and
Departing Ocracoke at 5 a.m., 7, 9, 11, 1 p.m., 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11.
For those utilizing the Ocracoke ferry route, keep in mind that travel from Cedar Island to Ocracoke and Swan Quarter to Ocracoke requires a reservation by calling 1-800-293-3779.

Highway 12 – Hatteras Island

Highway 12 on Hatteras Island, north of Rodanthe, remains closed due to impacts from ocean overwash. Based upon NCDOT’s initial assessment, it is projected that Highway 12 from Oregon Inlet to Rodanthe will open by Thanksgiving. Currently, Highway 12 is clear between all the villages of Hatteras Island.

Community Meeting –

The Avon Volunteer Fire Dept. is hosting a community meeting at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, November 1. Everyone on Hatteras Island is invited to hear updates from NCDOT and representatives of Dare County, and ask questions about the Hurricane Sandy recovery effort.

Town of Kill Devil Hills –

Town forces have mostly completed sand and debris removal on all cross-streets between
US 158/Croatan Highway and NC 12/Virginia Dare Trail. Kill Devil Hills and NCDOT will continue limited debris collection tomorrow morning and we anticipate private contractors will also be working to clear and repair private property.

Motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians desiring to access the areas between the highways are urged to use caution and be mindful of heavy equipment operation.

Dare County Planning Department – Important Information

Residents whose homes or businesses have experienced flooding of electrical outlets or electrical equipment should contact a North Carolina licensed electrician to inspect for possible electrical hazards.

Building permits are not needed for non-structural repairs such as shingle replacement. All structural repairs or improvements will require a building permit. However, there will be no building permit fee charged for storm damage repairs in unincorporated Dare County.

Updates from Dare County Emergency Management will continue to be released as updated information is available. The Dare County Emergency Operations Center may be reached at 252-475-5655. Visit www.darenc.com for updated information.

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10/31/12

NCDOT Crews Working to Clear Sand, Water along the Outer Banks

Provided by NCDOT
3:30 p.m. October 31, 2012

Repairs will be needed to several sections of pavement along NC 12

RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation has crews and equipment working all along NC 12 on the Outer Banks to clear sand and water from the highway, and to begin determining next steps for repairs.

Here’s an update on efforts:

Kitty Hawk

US 158: Crews began pumping overwash back into the ocean yesterday morning and continued through the night. They used nine pumps to get the water low enough to reopen the highway to traffic early this morning. Some standing water remains along the outside lanes.

Crews continue to pump water back into the ocean between US 158 and NC 12 (Beach Road), where significant flooding remains on local roads.

NC 12: One section of Beach Road just north of Kitty Hawk Road has significant pavement damage, and the protective dunes were washed away.

Crews are using nine pieces of equipment to clear sand and debris from Beach Road elsewhere in Kitty Hawk. Most of this area is already open to traffic or will be later today.

Bonner Bridge

Initial structural inspections yesterday determined that the bridge was safe for use by emergency vehicles. NCDOT and contractors working on NC 12 south of the bridge are using it to access Pea Island. The inspection did indicate repairs are needed on tension cables within the bridge deck on several spans, and the department is working to award an emergency contract for these repairs. The initial scour inspection also occurred Tuesday afternoon, and no noticeable change in water depth around the bridge’s support columns was detected. Additional surveys using side-scan sonar will take place today or tomorrow. The bridge cannot open to traffic until NC 12 is repaired, and the bridge repairs are expected to be complete before the roadway repairs.

NC 12 Pea Island

Crews have 15 pieces of equipment – working from north to south, clearing sand and water from the roadway between Bonner Bridge and the temporary bridge, utilizing NCDOT and contractor equipment. Additional equipment will be moved from Kitty Hawk as that area gets cleared.

Sand on the roadway is 3 to 4 feet deep in places.

More than three miles of dunes have been lost or severely damaged.

Initial inspections of the temporary bridge are continuing.

At Rodanthe, surveyors are conducting a survey today to establish the extent of damage.

NC 12 Hatteras Island

Some sand remains on the roadway at a few isolated locations, but the road is open to traffic from Rodanthe to the Hatteras Ferry terminal. Crews are using three pieces of equipment to continue to clear the road.

NC 12 Ocracoke

Crews are running four pieces of equipment as they continue to clear sand from the roadway. They have made enough progress to open lane to traffic; both lanes are expected to be open tomorrow. The Hatteras – Ocracoke ferry resumed operation at 1 p.m. today.

The department is working with other state and federal agencies, as well as contractors, to determine next steps and a timeline for repairs. Initial estimates are that the most extensive damage, at Rodanthe and Kitty Hawk, could take several weeks to repair; however, the department will have a more specific time estimate over the next several days as more information is known.

NCDOT reminds residents and visitors in these areas not to drive through standing water. Just one foot of water can float many vehicles. If you encounter a flooded roadway, turn around and find another, safer route.

The department urges motorists to “know before you go” about travel conditions in eastern North Carolina. For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on Twitter at www.ncdot.gov/travel/twitter/.

***NCDOT***


10/31/12

Hatteras Island Information from Dare County

Provided by Dare County Joint Information Center
12:30 p.m. October 31, 2012

Highway 12 and Emergency Ferry Service

Highway 12 on Hatteras Island, north of Rodanthe, remains closed due to impacts from ocean overwash. Based upon NCDOT’s initial assessment, it is projected that Highway 12 from Oregon Inlet to Rodanthe will open by Thanksgiving. Currently, Highway 12 is clear between all the villages of Hatteras Island.

The emergency ferry service established by NCDOT will continue service from Stumpy Point to Rodanthe that will operate with restricted entry on the following basis –

Departing Stumpy Point at 6 a.m., 8, 10, noon, 2 p.m., 4 and 10; and
Departing Rodanthe at 7 a.m., 9, 11, 1 p.m., 3, 5 and 7.

According to Dare County Emergency Management, Priorities One, Two and Three will have access to and from Hatteras Island. Visitors will not be allowed to enter Hatteras Island yet, but will be allowed to depart. Essential commodities, as determined by DCEM will have top priority.

Priority One includes – Essential personnel (utilities, government, assessment teams, medical/health care), white Disaster Re-entry Permit/Critical Personnel Pass required;

Priority Two includes – Hatteras Island residents (must have a valid NC driver’s license with Hatteras physical address), personnel of crucial businesses (Orange re-entry permit/Priority II personnel pass required); and

Priority Three includes – Non-resident property owners and employees of Hatteras
Island businesses (2012-2013 Burgundy reentry permit required, or present a tax receipt with valid identification for reentry)

There will be law enforcement in place at the emergency route to determine re-entry status. Contact Dare County Emergency Management at (252) 475-5655 for additional information on re-entry guidelines.

Important Information for Visitors –

At this time, visitors are not allowed entry to Hatteras Island. Dare County officials are working with state and local authorities to determine when conditions will allow visitors to return. Visitors are encouraged to continue to check www.darenc.com for updates and to keep in contact with their accommodations provider.

NCDOT Inspection of the Bonner Bridge –

Crews have done an on-site inspection of the top part of the bridge and examined the water depth around the support columns. NCDOT will be releasing the results of these inspections; meanwhile the Bonner Bridge remains closed to traffic until NC12 on Pea Island can be restored.

Electric and Phone Service – Hatteras Island

Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative is now on normal operations with service to all Hatteras Island Villages. CenturyLink has repaired a damaged fiber link, which has restored cell phone and internet service on Hatteras Island.

Community Meeting –

The Avon Volunteer Fire Dept. is hosting a community meeting at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, November 1. Everyone on Hatteras Island is invited to hear updates from NCDOT and representatives of Dare County, and ask questions about the Hurricane Sandy recovery effort.

GENERAL INFORMATION –

Dare County Public Works – Trash Collection Schedule For This Week:

Commercial pick up will be on:

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 and Friday November 2, 2012.

Residential pick up will be on:

Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 — Kitty Hawk, Southern Shores, and Colington
Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 — Manteo, Wanchese, Manns Harbor, Stumpy Point, East Lake

All areas of Hatteras Island will be collected on Thursday, November 1 and Friday, November 2 as road conditions and ferry operations allow.

The Dare County Transfer Station located in Manns Harbor is open for business.

Dare County Planning Department – Important Information

Residents whose homes or businesses have experienced flooding of electrical outlets or electrical equipment should contact a North Carolina licensed electrician to inspect for possible electrical hazards.

Building permits are not needed for non-structural repairs such as shingle replacement. All structural repairs or improvements will require a building permit. However, there will be no building permit fee charged for storm damage repairs in unincorporated Dare County.

Additional Information –

Highway 158 in Kitty Hawk is now open for vehicular traffic. There is one lane north and one lane south open to all motorists. Proceed with caution when entering this area of the Bypass.

The N.C. Missions of Mercy, a FREE adult dental clinic is STILL being held November 2nd and 3rd at The Dare County Youth Center and Family Recreation Park in Kill Devil Hills. Registration begins at 6 a.m. Patients will be seen on a first come, first serve basis based on dental procedure and registration will close once the maximum number of patients that can be seen is reached. So, plan to be there early, bring warm clothes, blanket, chair, food, water and medicines if you plan on sitting in the line for an extended period of time. Adults in need can receive free dental exams, cleanings, fillings and extractions. To find out more information, call 252-255-6199.

Updates from Dare County Emergency Management will continue to be released as updated information is available. The Dare County Emergency Operations Center may be reached at 252-475-5655.


10/31/12

Hatteras-Ocracoke Ferry Route Resumes

Provided by NCDOT
1:30 p.m. October 31, 2012

Different departure schedule will be used

[At this time, visitors are still not allowed access to Hatteras Island. Only residents, non-resident homeowners and employees of Hatteras Island businesses with permits will be allowed on the ferry.]

MANNS HARBOR — The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division at 1 p.m. today resumed operations at the Hatteras-Ocracoke route. However, the normal winter schedule of departures every hour will not take place. A new schedule of departures every other hour has been instituted.

The Hatteras-Ocracoke schedule will be:
Departing Hatteras at 6 a.m., 8, 10, noon, 2 p.m., 4, 6, 8, 10 and midnight; and
Departing Ocracoke at 5 a.m., 7, 9, 11, 1 p.m., 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11.

Law enforcement will be present to assist with restricted entry into Dare County, Ferry information is available by calling 800-293-3779 (BY-FERRY) and pressing 1, or via Twitter at www.twitter.com/ncdot_ferry.

***NCDOT***


10/31/12

Ferry Information

As of October 31, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.

Emergency Route – [Rodanthe – Stumpy Point]

A schedule is now in place for the emergency ferry between Rodanthe and Stumpy Point. At this time, Priorities One, Two and Three will have access to and from Hatteras Island. Visitors will not be allowed to enter Hatteras Island yet, but will be allowed to depart. Essential commodities, as determined by DCEM will have top priority.

Priority One includes
– Essential personnel (utilities, government, assessment teams, medical/health care), white Disaster Re-entry Permit/Critical Personnel Pass required;

Priority Two includes
– Hatteras Island residents (must have a valid NC driver’s license with Hatteras physical address), personnel of crucial businesses (Orange re-entry permit/Priority II personnel pass required); and

Priority Three includes – Non-resident property owners and employees of Hatteras Island businesses (2012-2013 Burgundy reentry permit required). ** Non-resident property owners can also bring their tax bill and a matching photo ID to gain access. **

There will be law enforcement in place at the emergency route to determine re-entry status.

Please contact Dare County Emergency Management at (252) 473-5655 for additional information on re-entry guidelines.

The Emergency Route schedule beginning Oct. 31, 2012, will be:

Departing Stumpy Point at 6 a.m., 8, 10, noon, 2 p.m., 4 and 10; and

Departing Rodanthe at 7 a.m., 9, 11, 1 p.m., 3, 5 and 7.

There may be areas along NC 12 that are impassable at this time due to sand and water on the road, but NCDOT continues working and expects to have all areas of NC 12 south of Rodanthe cleared before the 7 p.m. ferry departs Rodanthe.

Hatteras-Ocracoke Route

The Hatteras-Ocracoke route will begin operating once sand is cleared off NC 12 from Ocracoke Village to the ferry dock.

Ferry information is available by calling 800-293-3779 (BY-FERRY) and pressing 1, or via Twitter at www.twitter.com/ncdot_ferry.


10/30/12

NCDOT Continues Damage Assessment, Clean-Up Effort from Hurricane Sandy

Provided by NCDOT
8:00 p.m. October 30, 2012

Some roads along Outer Banks remain closed to traffic due to flooding, overwash

RALEIGH — As winds from Hurricane Sandy calm along the North Carolina coast, crews with the N.C. Department of Transportation are still assessing the damage caused by the storm, and clearing sand and debris from roadways. In many cases, NCDOT cannot fully determine the extent of the storm’s impact until significant clean-up work is complete.

Crews are currently addressing these key areas:


U.S. 158 in Kitty Hawk

Several large pumps were brought into Kitty Hawk and have been pumping throughout the day.

The water level is slowly dropping.

Local traffic is being rerouted around the area.

N.C. 12 in Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head

NCDOT crews are now clearing sand and debris from N.C. 12, which is known locally as the “Beach Road.” The highway is littered with pieces of homes, decks and driveways.

Crews discovered an area where pavement and dunes have been lost on N.C. 12 north of Kitty Hawk Road in Kitty Hawk.

Bonner Bridge

Crews today conducted an on-site inspection of the Bonner Bridge, which spans Oregon Inlet and connects Hatteras Island to the mainland. The inspectors evaluated the condition of the top part of the bridge and determine how it fared during the storm.

A scour inspection was completed this afternoon as crews were able to safely get into boats and examine the water depth around the bridge’s support columns. They will also determine how the sand under the bridge has shifted since the storm passed along the Outer Banks.

The results from both of these inspections should be available Wednesday, Oct. 31.

Bonner Bridge remains closed to traffic until NCDOT can reopen N.C. 12 on Pea Island.


N.C. 12 on Pea Island

Northern Pea Island has a lot of employees and equipment working their way south moving sand and water off the highway.

Hurricane Sandy left deep sand in areas on N.C. 12 on Pea Island from south of the Bonner Bridge to Rodanthe. Removing this sand is going to require effort with heavy equipment to clear the roadway and repair the damaged dunes. Additional equipment and crews will be brought in to help tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 31.

Crews have discovered pavement damage on N.C. 12 on the south side of the temporary bridge over the Pea Island breach.

Rodanthe

Crews found damage to the sandbags place along N.C. 12 after Hurricane Irene hit the area last year.

There is a significant loss of dunes and pavement damage.

Ocracoke Island

Crews arrived by Ferry this morning and are making progress on opening one lane to allow the Ferry from Hatteras to Ocracoke to begin service Wednesday, Oct. 31.

NCDOT reminds residents and visitors in these areas not to drive through standing water. Just one foot of water can float many vehicles. If you encounter a flooded roadway, turn around and find another, safer route.

The department urges motorists to “know before you go” about travel conditions in eastern North Carolina. For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on Twitter at www.ncdot.gov/travel/twitter/.

Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type “m.ncdot.gov” into the browser of your smartphone and bookmark it for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones.

***NCDOT***


10/30/12

Emergency Ferry Route Activated by NCDOT – Starts Wednesday

Provided by Dare County Joint Information Center
4:00 p.m. October 30, 2012

The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division today announced the following route activation and schedule between Stumpy Point and Rodanthe

Currently the ferries are not running a set schedule, but are taking the top three priorities as announced by Dare County and will begin a set schedule tomorrow [Wednesday 10/31/12] according to the following information provided by NCDOT –

Emergency Route – [Rodanthe – Stumpy Point]

Wed., Oct. 31, a schedule will be in place to assist Dare County with re-entry. According to Dare County Emergency Management, Priorities One, Two and Three will have access to and from Hatteras Island. Visitors will not be allowed to enter Hatteras Island yet, but will be allowed to depart. Essential commodities, as determined by DCEM will have top priority.

Priority One includes – Essential personnel (utilities, government, assessment teams, medical/health care), white Disaster Re-entry Permit/Critical Personnel Pass required;

Priority Two includes – Hatteras Island residents (must have a valid NC driver’s license with Hatteras physical address), personnel of crucial businesses (Orange re-entry permit/Priority II personnel pass required); and

Priority Three includes – Non-resident property owners and employees of Hatteras Island businesses (2012-2013 Burgundy reentry permit required).

There will be law enforcement in place at the emergency route to determine re-entry status.

Please contact Dare County Emergency Management at (252) 473-5655 for additional information on re-entry guidelines.

The Emergency Route schedule beginning Oct. 31, 2012, will be:

Departing Stumpy Point at 6 a.m., 8, 10, noon, 2 p.m., 4 and 10; and

Departing Rodanthe at 7 a.m., 9, 11, 1 p.m., 3, 5 and 7.

There may be areas along NC 12 that are impassable at this time due to sand and water on the road, but NCDOT continues working and expects to have all areas of NC 12 south of Rodanthe cleared before the 7 p.m. ferry departs Rodanthe.

Hatteras-Ocracoke Route

The Hatteras-Ocracoke route will begin operating once sand is cleared off NC 12 from Ocracoke Village to the ferry dock.

Ferry information is available by calling 800-293-3779 (BY-FERRY) and pressing 1, or via Twitter at www.twitter.com/ncdot_ferry.

Updates from Dare County Emergency Management will continue to be released as updated information is available. The Dare County Emergency Operations Center may be reached at 252-475-5655. Visit www.darenc.com for updated information.


10/30/12

Update on Service Repairs Following Hurricane Sandy

Provided by Dare County Joint Information Center
12:30 p.m. October 30, 2012

Most roads in Dare County remain open, however, the following roads are closed due to impacts from ocean overwash:

Highway 12 on Hatteras Island remains closed.

The 158 Bypass in Kitty Hawk is closed near Milepost 4; however, all traffic is being rerouted through neighborhoods west of the highway.

There are areas of Highway 12 (Beach Road) in northern beach towns that remain closed.

Motorists are encouraged to use extreme caution, avoid standing water, and stay out of all barricaded areas. Avoid travel through the Bypass in Kitty Hawk, if possible.

Dare County Emergency Management advises that Dare MedFlight is operational and available for emergency medical evacuations, including Hatteras Island.

All visitors are asked to confirm reservations with their accommodations provider before traveling to the area.

Damage assessment teams are in the field today to survey the effects of the storm. Repair crews are working to correct the following service problems caused by Hurricane Sandy –

NC Highway 12 on Hatteras Island, south of Oregon Inlet, remains closed due to sand and water on the roadway. NC DOT is working to clear sand and water on Highway 12 to allow travel between villages and provide access to the emergency ferry dock in Rodanthe.

Ferry Service from Hatteras to Ocracoke continues to be suspended. Emergency Ferry service between Rodanthe and Stumpy Point is expected to begin operating this afternoon. Schedules will be announced as soon as determined.

A CenturyLink crew remains on scene in Rodanthe working to repair the damaged fiber cable to restore cell phone and internet service. Callers are asked, if possible, to dial 9-1-1 from a land line phone to report emergencies. During the repair, there is a possibility that customers may be without all fiber related service for up to an hour.

One-stop early voting is available today as scheduled at the Baum Center in Kill Devil Hills and at the Elections Office in Manteo, but is cancelled at the Fessenden Center in Buxton. For more information about one-stop early voting, call the Dare County Board of Elections Office between 8:30 and 5:00 p.m. at 252-475-5630.

Dare County Public Works – Trash Collection Schedule For This Week:

Commercial pick up will be on:

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 and Friday November 2, 2012.

Residential pick up will be on:

Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 — Kitty Hawk, Southern Shores, and Colington
Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 — Manteo, Wanchese, Manns Harbor, Stumpy Point, East Lake

All areas of Hatteras Island will be collected on Thursday, November 1 and Friday, November 2 as road conditions and ferry operations allow.

Town of Kill Devil Hills –

All cross roads north of Palmetto Street between the highways are closed. All cross roads between East Holly Street and East Clark Street are closed, including Memorial Avenue and Wrightsville Boulevard and closed. NC 12/Virginia Dare Trail is closed to all vehicular traffic within the areas identified above. There are no road closures west of US 158/Croatan Highway

Town of Kitty Hawk –

The Kitty Hawk Police Department is advising all residents, visitors and property management companies that the areas east of US 158 toward the ocean are closed to everyone but emergency personnel. No one is allowed in this area until further notice, due to debris and downed power lines.

With the assistance of the Kitty Hawk Fire Department, the Salvation Army is setting up a Food Canteen in the vicinity of Eckner Street and HWY 158. The canteen will be serving meals on location and the Fire Department will be delivering meals to individuals who are unable to leave their homes along Lindbergh and other areas between the highways.

Town of Nags Head –

All roads in Nags Head are open and passable. Building inspections in Nags Head will be closed until Thursday, November 1 at 8:30 am.

Town of Southern Shores –

Any repairs of walkways and steps to the ocean beach must be permitted via written CAMA application to the Planning and Code Enforcement Department at Town Hall. CAMA officials are currently assessing permitting standards based on possible migration of regulatory setbacks. Assessment of debris on the public beaches in Southern Shores is underway and a cleanup schedule will be announced at a later date. Trash collection will occur on Thursday, November 1. Please have your cans out by 6:00 a.m. The next recycle service will be Monday, November 5.

Updates from Dare County Emergency Management will continue to be released as updated information is available. The Dare County Emergency Operations Center may be reached at 252-475-5655.


10/30/12

NCDOT Begins Damage Assessment, Clean-Up Effort from Hurricane Sandy

Provided by NCDOT
12:45 p.m. October 30, 2012


Photo taken looking north at N.C. 12 at the S-Curves near Rodanthe

RALEIGH — As winds from Hurricane Sandy calm along the North Carolina coast, crews with the N.C. Department of Transportation are starting to assess the damage caused by the storm, and clear sand and debris from roadways. In many cases, NCDOT cannot fully determine the extent of the storm’s impact until significant clean-up work is complete.

Crews are currently addressing these key areas:

U.S. 158 in Kitty Hawk

The highway remains covered with high water. Local traffic is being rerouted around the area.

During the storm, water from the ocean rushed over N.C. 12 and got trapped between N.C. 12 and U.S. 158. Because it has nowhere to drain, NCDOT is bringing in large pumps, which will pipe the standing water back into the ocean. The pumps are currently en route to the area and will begin operating throughout the day today. The department does not have an estimate yet on how long it will take to remove all the water and clear the road.

N.C. 12 in Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head

NCDOT crews are now clearing sand and debris from N.C. 12, which is known locally as the “Beach Road.” The highway is littered with pieces of homes, decks and driveways.

Bonner Bridge

Crews today are conducting an on-site inspection of the Bonner Bridge, which spans Oregon Inlet and connects Hatteras Island to the mainland. The inspectors will evaluate the condition of the top part of the bridge and determine how it fared during the storm.

The seas remain too rough at this time to conduct a scour inspection from the water. NCDOT estimates it will likely be tomorrow before inspectors can safely get in boats and examine the water depth around the bridge’s support columns. They will also determine how the sand under the bridge has shifted since the storm passed along the Outer Banks.

Bonner Bridge remains closed to traffic until NCDOT can fully assess the damage to N.C. 12 on Pea Island and reopen the road.

N.C. 12 on Pea Island

Crews are clearing sand and water on N.C. 12 on Pea Island. The highway experienced significant overwash and flooding in this area during the storm.

Ocracoke Island

Crews are traveling to Ocracoke Island to begin clearing roads impacted by Hurricane Sandy on the 11 a.m. ferry from Swan Quarter. N.C. 12 is covered with sand and water in some parts of the island.

NCDOT reminds residents and visitors in these areas not to drive through standing water. Just one foot of water can float many vehicles. If you encounter a flooded roadway, turn around and find another, safer route.

The department urges motorists to “know before you go” about travel conditions in eastern North Carolina. For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on Twitter at www.ncdot.gov/travel/twitter/.

Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type “m.ncdot.gov” into the browser of your smartphone and bookmark it for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones.

***NCDOT***


10/30/12

Damage Assessments and Service Repairs Following Hurricane Sandy

Provided by Dare County Joint Information Center
9:30 a.m. October 30, 2012

Impacts from soundside flooding overnight were less than anticipated allowing most roads in Dare County to remain open; however, the following roads remain closed due to impacts from ocean overwash:

Highway 12 on Hatteras Island remains closed.

The 158 Bypass in Kitty Hawk is closed near Milepost 4; however, all traffic is being rerouted through neighborhoods west of the highway.
There are areas of Highway 12 (Beach Road) in northern beach towns that remain closed.

Motorists are encouraged to use extreme caution, avoid standing water, and stay out of all barricaded areas. Avoid travel through Bypass in Kitty Hawk, if possible.

All visitors are asked to confirm reservations with their accommodations provider before traveling to the area.

Dare County Emergency Management advises that Dare MedFlight is operational and available for emergency medical evacuations, including Hatteras Island.

Damage assessment teams are in the field today to survey the effects of the storm.

Repair crews are working to correct the following service problems caused by Hurricane Sandy –

NC Highway 12 on Hatteras Island, south of Oregon Inlet, remains closed due to sand and water on the roadway. NCDOT crews continue to work clearing sand and water and to assess damage to determine work needed to make repairs and reopen roadways.

Ferry Service from Hatteras to Ocracoke continues to be suspended. Operations will return to normal as soon as NCDOT determines that conditions are safe.

There is limited cell phone service and disrupted internet access on Hatteras Island due to a damaged fiber cable. CenturyLink, the service provider, has a crew in Rodanthe working to make repairs. Callers are asked, if possible, to dial 9-1-1 from a land line phone to report emergencies.

County offices south of Oregon Inlet are closed today. All County offices north of Oregon Inlet are operating on their regular schedule.

One-stop early voting will be available today as scheduled at the Baum Center in Kill Devil Hills and at the Elections Office in Manteo, but is cancelled at the Fessenden Center in Buxton. For more information about one-stop early voting, call the Dare County Board of Elections Office between 8:30 and 5:00 p.m. at 252-475-5630.

Dare County Public Works has cancelled garbage collection for today (Tuesday, October 30).

Town of Duck

All roads throughout the Town of Duck are open and passable, including Duck Road (NC 12). The Town of Duck recommends avoiding the beach today due to storm debris and potential unseen safety hazards. Updates will be posted on the Town’s website at www.townofduck.com.

Town of Nags Head

Building inspections in Nags Head will be closed until Thursday, November 1 at 8:30 am.

Town of Kitty Hawk

All lanes of Highway 158 in Kitty Hawk at milepost 4 are closed due to flooding. Traffic is currently being rerouted on a detour through neighborhoods west of Highway 158.

All of NC Highway 12 and streets between Highway 12 and Highway 158 remain closed due to flood waters. Pedestrians are advised to stay away from the area so that clean-up operations can continue. In addition, there could also be dangerous debris and active power lines.

The Town is coordinating with NCDOT to begin pumping operations east of Highway 158. As the debris is cleared, pumping operations should commence.

Commercial trash collection is scheduled for Wednesday and residential collection is scheduled for Thursday.

The next scheduled update will be available at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 30. The Dare County Emergency Operations Center may be reached at 252-475-5655.