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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Beach Nourishment for Rodanthe NC

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $20.3 million contract to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co., LLC of Oak Brook, Ill. for the beach nourishment project north of Rodanthe on Hatteras Island to protect this vulnerable stretch of Highway 12. The Corps of Engineers is administering the contract for the N.C. Department of Transportation.

The contractor will use two dredges to expedite the project, which is expected to be completed around mid-September, weather permitting. 

“I want to thank all of the agencies involved in completing the required process to begin this vitally important repair work,” said NCDOT Secretary Tony Tata. “Protecting our coastal roadways through re-nourishment projects like this one are is necessary for the safety of our citizens and visitors, to support our tourism industry and to keep our residents connected to jobs, education and healthcare.”

The project is designed to provide several years of protection before a long-term project is completed for the stretch of Highway 12, locally known as the “S-curves” where storms, including hurricanes Sandy and Irene, resulted in severe beach erosion along the road in Dare County. 

“We offer sincere thanks to Secretary Tata and Governor McCrory for their steadfast support throughout this process,’ said Chairman of the Dare County Board of Commissioners Warren Judge.  “In addition, we thank the men and women of NCDOT for all they do for Dare County each and every day.” 
The schedule for the project is very dependent on weather and all work going smoothly. The approximate schedule is as follows:
  • By July 16, preliminary work is expected to be completed and installation of the pipeline from the sand source in the ocean onto the beach begins. 
  • The first dredge is scheduled to be on site and working around July 16. 
  • The second dredge is currently scheduled to arrive the first week in August and will help accelerate work. 
  • The project could be complete by mid-September. 
  • Once the project is complete, the contractor will begin de-mobilizing its equipment, which will take several weeks. 
The Federal Highway Administration approved Hurricane Sandy emergency relief funds to pay for this project.

For more information about NC 12 projects, visit the NCDOT 12 website.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Debris Removal- Hatteras Island

July 7, 2014    5:00 p.m. 
Debris removal for the unincorporated areas of Dare County will begin Monday, July 14, 2014.  FEMA funding is not available to cover these costs, so the County’s hurricane debris removal contract will not be activated.  All hurricane debris removal will be provided solely by Dare County Public Works staff.
Please be aware that only one pass will be made through each neighborhood so all debris should be placed in four separate piles on the side of the road by Monday, July 14.  There is no set schedule for when crews will be in a particular area of the County. The process is expected to take additional time and customers are asked for patience.
Storm debris pick-up for the unincorporated areas includes all of Hatteras Island, Roanoke Island (outside the Town of Manteo), Wanchese, Manns Harbor, East Lake, Stumpy Point, Martins Point, and Colington (including inside the gate).
Debris should be placed in 4 separate piles on the side of road by Monday, July 14:
1.    Vegetative Debris (limbs, leaves, branches, sea grass, etc.)

2.    Construction and Demolition Materials (building materials, concrete, shingles, etc.)

3.    Metal

4.    Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics (oil, bleach, televisions, computers, etc.)

Large items such as cars, boats, trailers, and campers will not be accepted and must be disposed of by the owner.
Debris taken to the Dare County Transfer Station in Manns Harbor or the Buxton Transfer Station will be charged the regular rate of $65/ton. (The first 500 pounds for residential customers is free with the remaining weight prorated at $65/ton.)
For more information, call Dare County Public Works at 252-475-5880 or 252-475-5881.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Important Re-entry Information July 5, 2014 3:30pm

July 5, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. 
The Dare County Control Group has authorized unrestricted Access to Hatteras Island effective today at 4:00 p.m.  At that time, all residents, non-resident property owners, and visitors will be allowed unrestricted access to all of Hatteras Island including the Villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras.
In close coordination with NCDOT and other officials, the Dare County Control Group has been working to restore full access to Hatteras Island as quickly as possible.  While there are some homes and businesses dealing with serious issues caused by Hurricane Arthur, it has been determined that the general level of conditions and infrastructure services available on Hatteras Island will be able to support unrestricted access as of 4:00 p.m. today.
NCDOT advises that there are pockets of sand and water remaining on Highway 12 in Hatteras Island.  They have also established a single lane condition at the temporary bridge north of Rodanthe.  This lane closure is controlled by a portable traffic signal, which may lead to some delays in this area.  Motorists are urged to use extra caution.
For those Traveling to Ocracoke Island
Those traveling through Hatteras Island in order to gain access to Ocracoke Island should be aware that Hyde County may have reentry restrictions in place.  Ocracoke information is available on the Hyde County website www.hydecountync.gov
Additional Information
This is the final Hurricane Arthur bulletin from the Joint Information Section.  Dare County Emergency Management will issue further advisories as needed.
For online information visit the Dare County Emergency Management websitewww.darecountyem.com

Important Re-entry Information July 5, 2014 11am

July 5, 2014     11:00 a.m.
The Dare County Control Group has determined that conditions will allow for a staged reentry process for all areas south of Oregon Inlet beginning this afternoon.  This includes access for the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras Village. 
Permanent residents and essential personnel of critical businesses will be allowed entry to Hatteras Island at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 5. 
·       Permanent residents must present a valid NC driver’s license with a Hatteras Island address.  Tax receipts may be found online at darenc.com.
·       Essential personnel for critical businesses must present the permit they were issued by their employer who met the stringent essential business criteria as established by Emergency Management.  Please keep in mind that no re-entry passes are issued by Emergency Management during the reentry process. 
The entry of permanent residents and essential personnel will help provide the infrastructure needed to fully restore all services to Hatteras Island.  As soon as access can be provided to everyone an announcement will be made.
Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative continues to restore outages on Hatteras Island today.  Lee Electrical Construction crews is working to straighten six leaning transmission poles in the Pea Island area.  Additional line crews from Edgecombe Martin Electric Membership Corporation arrived on the island this morning to assist with restoration efforts.
Cape Facilities in the northern end of the national parks that have returned to normal hours of operation include:
  • Wright Brothers National Memorial;  the Visitor Center and all grounds
  • Fort Raleigh National Historic Site;  the Visitor Center, all grounds but downed trees remain on many of the trails
  • Bodie Island Lighthouse and Bodie Island Visitor Center
  • Oregon Inlet Campground
  • Ramp 4 is open to Off-Road Vehicle use
  • Coquina Beach Bathhouse and Lifeguard operation
  • Coquina Beach Off-Road Vehicle Permit office
Areas that remain closed or only partially opened:
Many facilities on Hatteras Island and Ocracoke Island remain closed due to access and electrical needs.  A few areas have opened to accommodate visitors already on the islands.  Those facilities include:
  • Cape Hatteras Buxton Visitor Center and grounds surrounding the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse – (the Lighthouse remains closed to climbing)
  • Buxton Lighthouse Beach Lifeguard operation
  • Hatteras Island Off-Road Vehicle Ramps open include: Ramp 27, 30,38,43,44, 49, 55
  • Ocracoke Island Off-Road Vehicle Ramp 70 and south is open

Friday, July 4, 2014

Hurricane Arthur Update July 4, 2014 2pm

July 4, 2014   2:24 p.m.
NCDOT is working on Hatteras Island to assess NC Highway 12 and make repairs in an effort to restore access to Hatteras Island as quickly as possible.
The Dare County Control Group is maintaining close contact with NCDOT officials on their efforts to restore access to Hatteras Island.  As soon as a determination is made that Highway 12 is safe for passage, officials will assess whether access can safely be provided to all Hatteras Island Villages, and that the necessary infrastructure is in place to provide essential goods and services.  At that time a reentry advisory will be announced.  Until then, access to and from Hatteras Island on Highway 12 will remain closed.  This includes the Villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras.
The Control Group serves as the decision making body for Emergency Management and consists of representatives of Dare County, the Sheriff’s Office, the National Park Service, and the Towns of Duck, Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk, Manteo, Nags Head, and Southern Shores.
There is no restricted access to the areas of Dare County North of Oregon Inlet including the Towns of Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, and Manteo, as well as the unincorporated areas of Martin’s Point, Colington, Wanchese, Roanoke Island, Manns Harbor, East Lake, and Stumpy Point.
Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative crews have energized all of the major village circuits that experienced outages in the wake of Hurricane Arthur.  Crews are now working to restore around 325 individual outages across Hatteras Island.
The Cape Hatteras EMC has restored normal power to the Joseph “Mac” Midgett Water Plant.  Water system demands have returned to normal.  The Dare County Water Department would like to thank the residents and visitors for their invaluable assistance in reporting the numerous water system leaks to our water distribution staff which greatly reduced the response time for finding and making the repairs.
Park staff are continuing field assessments this afternoon in all three parks.  All facilities remain closed at this time.  Further information on re-opening facilities will be disseminated tomorrow.
The next update will be issued Saturday morning, July 5, 2014.  The Dare County Emergency Operations Center may be reached at 252-475-5655 or visit www.darenc.com for updated information.

Hurricane Arthur Update July 4, 2014 7am

July 4, 2014   6:55 a.m.
Entry to the northern portions of Dare County is no longer restricted.  This allows access to the Towns and unincorporated areas north of Oregon Inlet.  While general access to these areas is now permitted, you may encounter particular roads where local officials need to restrict access because of potential hazards.
Access to Hatteras Island will remain closed until further notice.  This affects access from northern Dare County to the Villages of Hatteras Island including Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras.
Damage assessment teams will be in the field throughout Dare County as soon as conditions allow.
Safety is an important consideration following a hurricane as homeowners and businesses begin to survey their property.  During this process watch for outdoor hazards including loose or dangling power lines and water on roadways.  All motorists are advised to proceed with caution.
The next update from the Joint Information Section will be provided mid-morning.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Hurricane Arthur Update July 3, 2014 1pm

July 3, 2014   1:13 p.m.
The National Weather Service has upgraded the seriousness of the forecast for Hurricane Arthur projecting it as a Category 2 storm.  In view of this, Dare County Emergency Management urges all Hatteras Island residents and visitors who have not evacuated to reconsider their decision and immediately heed the evacuation order.  This storm is a dangerous one with substantial risks that all residents and visitors should carefully consider.
Those who do not evacuate should be prepared to sustain themselves for at least 72 hours.  Be aware that emergency personnel may be unable to respond to calls for help during high winds.  During and after the storm there is the risk of impassable roads due to soundside flooding and ocean overwash.  And, access to essential goods and services may be disrupted.  There are no Red Cross approved shelters in Dare County.
Hurricane Arthur is expected to reach the Hatteras Island portion of Dare County with gale force winds by 8:00 p.m. tonight.  Conditions will worsen and steadily increase to sustained winds of 100 mph by 1:00 a.m. Friday morning.  Areas north of Oregon Inlet will feel gale force winds by 11:00 p.m. tonight, which will peak to sustained winds of 60 mph by 4:00 a.m. Friday.
With the storm intensifying to a Category 2 level there is an increased risk of soundside flooding for Hatteras Island and areas adjacent to the Pamlico Sound.  Significant ocean overwash is expected and will pose a serious threat to oceanfront areas especially in the Villages of Avon, Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras.
The mandatory evacuation remains in effect for the Villages of Hatteras including Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras.  Hatteras Island residents and visitors are advised to finalize their evacuation as expediently as possible while daylight remains.  Visitors should evacuate with all personal belongings and follow instructions offered by their property management company.
A State of Emergency has been issued for all of Dare County with the only restriction being the mandatory evacuation of Hatteras Island.  During this time access to Hatteras Island is not allowed.
The Dare County Emergency Operations Center will be operating throughout the storm and may be reached at 252-475-5655 or visit www.darenc.com for updated information.