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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 s…

Debris Removal- Hatteras Island

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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.Vege…

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

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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 Rodanth…

Important Re-entry Information July 5, 2014 11am

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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 re…

Hurricane Arthur Update July 4, 2014 2pm

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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 Dev…

Hurricane Arthur Update July 4, 2014 7am

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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…

Hurricane Arthur Update July 3, 2014 1pm

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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…

Hurricane Arthur Update July 3, 2014 10am

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July 3, 2014   10:00 a.m. Dare County Emergency Management urges all Hatteras Island residents and visitors to take the threat of Hurricane Arthur seriously and evacuate because of the threat of high winds, ocean overwash, and soundside flooding. The National Weather Service predicts sustained winds of 80 to 85 mph with gusts as high as 105 mph.  There is the potential for significant soundside flooding, particularly in Buxton, Frisco, Hatteras Village, and areas adjacent to the Pamlico Sound.  The Weather Service predicts significant ocean overwash posing a serious threat to oceanfront areas especially in the Villages of Avon, Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras. The mandatory Hatteras Island evacuation includes the Villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras.  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. Those eva…

Tropical Storm Arthur Update July 2, 2014 6pm

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July 2, 2014     6:05 p.m. The Dare County Control Group has issued a mandatory evacuation order for residents and visitors on Hatteras Island beginning at 5:00 a.m., Thursday, July 3, 2014.  After 5:00 a.m. Thursday, no access will be allowed to Hatteras Island. All Hatteras Island residents and visitors are advised to evacuate as expediently as possible during daylight hours on Thursday before the effects of Tropical Storm Arthur begin to bring high winds, rough seas, dangerous rip currents, and the potential for water and sand overwash on NC Highway 12. A State of Emergency has been issued for all of Dare County with the only restriction being the mandatory evacuation of Hatteras Island. Visitors should evacuate with all personal belongings and follow instructions offered by their property management company. Those evacuating to areas north of Dare County are encouraged to travel westbound on Highway 64 to Interstate 95.  Evacuating through the rural areas to the west of Dare Coun…

4th of July Celebrations Postponed for Hatteras Island

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Important- For Immediate Release: 

Cape Hatteras: July 4th Celebration Rescheduled in Avon

Due to the approaching tropical storm Arthur, the Avon Fireworks Committee, Avon Property Owners’ Association, Koru Village, Pyrotecnico, and DareCounty have made a joint decision to reschedule the July 4th fireworks show on the Avon Fishing Pier, tentatively to Monday, July 7th at 9:00 p.m.

This storm is expected to pass in close proximity of Cape Hatteras on Friday, July 4th with winds and rain that would prohibit the fireworks show from taking place.

Due to the weekend turnovers with visitors coming to the island, a decision was made to postpone the fireworks show to Monday, July 7th to ensure that all residents and guests have ample time to prepare a proper celebration of Independence Day, complete with fireworks display, as planned.

The Avon Fireworks Committee will reconvene on Friday, July 4th to confirm these plans after the storm has passed. Should adjustments be made to the tentative plans,…