Monday, October 10, 2011

Access to Hatteras Island Restored

NC Highway 12 to Hatteras Island Reopens at 5:00 p.m., Monday, October 10

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will reopen N.C. Highway 12 at 5:00 p.m., Monday, October 10. NCDOT today announced the reopening of the roadway north of Rodanthe that was damaged during Hurricane Irene.

When Highway 12 reopens, the State of Emergency for Hatteras Island will be lifted by Dare County Emergency Management and residents and visitors will be permitted entry to the previously restricted villages of Rodanthe, Waves, and Salvo. There will be no travel restrictions in effect for any portion of Hatteras Island, including Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras Village.

Motorists are advised that some secondary roads on Hatteras Island may still have storm related debris and should exercise caution. It is recommended that visitors contact their accommodations provider to confirm the availability of their lodging reservation.

The NCDOT Ferry Division will suspend the emergency ferry service from Stumpy Point on the Dare County Mainland to Rodanthe when Highway 12 reopens.

Dare County Bulletins

From Hatteras Island vs. Hurricane Irene:

Incoming visitors please know that Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo and some Avon residents are still dealing with the aftermath...two houses were being torn down even today. You may see some trash along Highway 12. There are huge mountains of debris in the NPS campground just south of Salvo. Emotionally, most people are not even close to recovery; they are still in survival mode.

Thank you for respecting the locals' right to privacy (by not driving down side streets just to look at people's lives being torn apart.) Thanks especially for your thoughts and prayers, donations and good wishes.

Welcome back! :)

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