September 2, 2011 11:45 AM
Residents are being let back onto Hatteras Island Sunday starting with Buxton Village, Monday with Hatteras and Tuesday with Frisco followed by Avon and Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo. Next tier will be property owners, then insurance adjusters. Those homes that have such damage as to warrant an insurance claim will need an adjuster to come out and inspect.
The houses overall fared very well with most homes East of Highway 12 suffering only minimal damage, if any. Other homes on the soundfront have more damage due to the swimming pools and decks lifting up from the flood waters. For the most part, the living areas are fine. However, some houses did have shingles blown off, windows broken and water intrusion causing drywall to collapse, wet carpets, etc. I would say out of 565 homes, 60 homes need serious attention before they can be rented.
We are dog tired and I am sending select employees home to have a day off. Most have issues with their own properties, but are at work every day. We have set up a remote office in Nags Head where we can take telephone calls, but we can't really give out much useful information. We have 5 phones, and it's nonstop. I am closing the office on Labor Day (Monday) so that we can finally take care of our own homes and property.
The main concern of our guests is questions about trip insurance. I met with Warren Judge, Dare County Commissioners Chairman, Allen Burrus, Dare County Commissioner, and Bobby Outten, Dare County Manager, yesterday and they are going to see if we can get a date (2 weeks?) out there that the mandatory evacuation order will remain in effect for visitors. That will allow rental guests to make other plans and still take their vacations.
We are doing the best we can. Thank you for your patience and we will continue to keep you updated.
R. Stewart Couch, CCIM
Hatteras Realty, Inc.